A highly accomplished arts leader, creator, and innovator, Sandra Laronde plays a pivotal role in the ongoing Indigenous cultural resurgence of Canada.
The vision of Red Sky Performance derives from founder Sandra Laronde (Misko Kizhigoo Migizii Kwe which means “Red Sky Eagle Woman” in the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) language) from the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water). Her vision is dedicated to expanding and elevating the ecology of contemporary performance informed by Indigenous worldview and culture.
Laronde has created an important body of works with celebrated collaborators that have led to powerful, transformational arts experiences. Laronde’s concept of performance explores the relationship between movement, live music, theatricality, media, and image. Her engagement in these disciplines involves collaborations with dancers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, actors, writers, designers, researchers, and culture keepers which is integral to Red Sky Performance’s distinct productions.
The recipient of numerous awards for artistic excellence and leadership, Laronde has garnered the Celebration of Cultural Life Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation, Victor Martyn Staunch-Lynch Award for Outstanding Artist in Dance from Canada Council, Expressive Arts Award from the Smithsonian Institute, and Paul D. Fleck Fellowship in the Arts (Banff Centre), among other recognitions.