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Audiences are invited to connect with guest artist Sandra Laronde, artistic and executive director of Red Sky Performance. Sandra will speak in-person to a full classroom of Professor Chaness’ "Introduction to Native American Studies" course. All others are invited to join the discussion virtually via Zoom.
A highly accomplished arts leader, creator, innovator, and influential speaker, Sandra Laronde (Misko Kizhigoo Migizii Kwe) which means “Red Sky Eagle Woman” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) language, M.S.C., O.M.C., B.A. (Hon), Hon. LL.D. has over 30 years of experience in arts and culture. She is from the Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) in Temagami, northern Ontario and is based in Toronto.
Sandra plays a pivotal role in the ongoing Indigenous cultural resurgence in Canada. For three decades, she has created an extraordinary body of work with collaborators that has led to powerful arts experiences elevating the ecology of arts and culture in this country while strengthening an international presence.
A champion of Canada, Sandra is active in cultural diplomacy through the arts, forging stronger ties by representing the nation at numerous high-profile international events and platforms including the Venice Biennale, two Cultural Olympiads (Canada and Beijing), Canadian Heritage’s first Creative Industries Trade Mission to China, a Trade Mission to Europe, Canada’s High Commission, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Council of Mongolia, and as an Official Delegate and Speaker at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress in Soweto, South Africa, to name a few. Sandra founded Red Sky Performance in 2000, Canada's leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.
Red Sky will present an evening performance of Trace on Sept 21 at 7 pm in Waterman Theatre, with a piece inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories which features seven dancers, a live music ensemble and vibrant visual projections. The performance is part of the ALANA Student Leadership Conference and includes a post-show discussion for interested audience members.