≈ 55 minutes · No intermission
Trace is a highly kinetic contemporary dance and music work inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories, offering a glimpse into our origin as well as our future evolution.
We are traceable to the beginnings of the universe, our ancestral origins stretching across the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside of us in the here and now.
Trace is a sumptuous creation that looks at all things traceable and what we leave behind as humans, as a culture, as a nation, and as an individual.
Trace leads us right back to source, to origin, so the question becomes what is our origin as Indigenous peoples? As Anishinaabe? The search for origin takes us to the beginning of time where we originated in the core of a star a long time ago. As Anishinaabe, we are known as the star people.
We deeply thank all of our relations and the Indigenous people of this land.
Last updated: October 19, 2021
Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.
Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), they are currently in our 21st year of dance, theatre, music, and media.
Red Sky’s mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. They create, produce, and tour original work to expand the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance.
They are dedicated to working with emerging and established artists as they hone their artistic practice, particularly through an Indigenous lens, offering unique opportunities for these practitioners to thrive creatively and professionally.
Touring since 2003, Red Sky has delivered over 2,778 performances across Canada including 198 international performances in 17 countries on four continents, including landmark events such as at two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), World Expo in Shanghai, Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow. At the same time, they have remained deeply rooted and invested on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural and reserve communities across Turtle Island.
Red Sky is the recipient of 16 Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, three International Youth Drama Awards from Shenzhen, China, and the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.
World Premiere of Trace at Canadian Stage | U.S. Premiere of Trace at Jacob’s Pillow
Kevin Loring, Artistic Director
Lori Marchand, Managing Director
Lindsay Lachance, Artistic Associate (on leave)
Samantha MacDonald, Producer
Sage Nokomis Wright, Associate Producer
Mairi Brascoupé, Indigenous Cultural Resident
Kerry Corbiere, Education Coordinator
Spike Lyne, Technical Director
RJ Mitchell, Assistant Technical Director
Jenna Spagnoli, Marketing and Communications Officer
Cathy Levy, Executive Producer
Tina Legari, Associate Producer
Mireille Nicholas, Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Producer
Sophie Anka, Company Manager
Siôned Watkins, Education Associate and Teaching Artist
Brian Britton, Technical Director
Livia Belcea, Communications Strategist
Chatelaine Rindorindo, Marketing Strategist
Alex Barette launched a successful career in information technology by leveraging his capacity to teach himself and problem solve with an insatiable appetite for knowledge. During his stint as a technical lead with VYV, Alex contributed to the development of a number of projects including Alicia Keys' As I Am tour, Britney Spears' Circus, Franco Dragone's House of Dancing Water, Cirque du Soleil's Totem, Iris, and Zarkana, and Michael Jackson’s One. He later became a freelancer video technical designer, director and integrator for shows such as Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience, Celine Dion's Vegas residency, Prince’s Hit and Run tour, Abu Dhabi's 44th National Day, and Cirque du Soleil's Love revamp. Alex joined the ranks of 4U2C to lend a hand in Beyonce's Grammy performance, Intel's 2018 CES keynote and Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods tour.