“For tens of thousands of years, the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (Canada and the U.S.A.) have mapped the night sky, studied the stars, and established an expansive multiverse view of the world. Our sky and star stories hold our worldview and cultural psyche, illuminating our profound belief that we are related to all of creation. We are a part of the universe, and it is a part of us.” – Sandra Laronde, Artistic Director Red Sky Performance
Astronomy, astrophysics and ancestral knowledge meet in Trace. Inspired by the origin story of the Anishinaabe people and the mythological figure of Geezhigo-Quae (Sky Woman), who fell to earth, bringing with her the beginnings of life. Under the direction of Executive and Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, and accompanied by composer Eliot Britton’s remarkable score, the Red Sky performers create a richly embroidered constellation, tangled with light, myth, and movement.
DanceHouse audiences were treated to a glimpse of the work in the film More Than Dance, We Are A Movement, offered as part of DanceHouse’s 2020-21 Digidance series. Here is the full manifestation in all its power and magnificence. The winner of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Trace walks a path from the spiraling expanse of the Milky Way to the atomic components of all matter. As vast as the night sky and intimate as a fingerprint.
Co-presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.