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General · 25th January 2010
Quadra Cultural Committee
On February 6th at 8:00 PM, at the Community Centre, Quadra Cultural Committee presents "Raven Stole the Sun" by Toronto theatre/dance group Red Sky Performance. This critically acclaimed production of Raven Stole the Sun is based on a traditional West Coast Tlingit Nation story about this mischievous, larger-than-life bird with its ability to shift-shape.

Red Sky Performance was founded in 2000 by Sandra Laronde, a member of the Teme-Augama-Anishnaabe (People of the Deep Water) in Temagami, Ontario. As an Honours graduate in Arts from the University of Toronto, Ms Laronde’s vision for Red Sky is “…to create an international company that shapes contemporary world Indigenous performance while making a significant contribution to the artistic vibrancy of Canada and the world.” Acting as Director of Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre for the Arts, Ms Laronde has acted in many television series and documentaries with the CBC and is producer, director, choreographer, actor and dancer with Red Sky Performance.

Raven Stole the Sun enchants audiences of all ages with its upbeat music, clever narrative, traditional costumes and inventive sets. Joined on stage by the witty and physical actor Michael Dufays and the stately Carlos Rivera, Ms Laronde’s natural gift draws in her audience from the opening lines. In Raven Stole the Sun, Ms Laronde has managed, with the help of story-teller Sháa Tláa Maria Williams and stage-interpreter Drew Hayden Taylor to produce a beautifully innocent tale with traditional song and dance, engaging humour, and some minor infusions of contemporary theatrics such as hip-hop.

Critics from 8 to 88 agree on the quality of this feel-good performance: “I loved having Red Sky come here. I wish it never ended!” wrote Hailey, 8 years old, Buckingham Elementary School. And from the Theatre of the World Festival, San Diego State University: "Our faculty at the Theatre of the World Festival, who are leaders and innovators in the world of family drama, absolutely fell in love with your production. Your work was enchanting and inspiring to our children, students and adults. I am sure that Red Sky will enrich the lives of all who see it in the future. We welcome you back anytime!"

Advance tickets for Raven Stole the Sun are $17 Adults and $40 Family, and are available at the Music Plant in Campbell River and at Quadra Crafts or Hummingbird Office and Art Supply on Quadra Island. Door prices: $20 Adults and $45 Family. For more information, call 250-285-2580 or visit the group’s website www.redskyperformance.com