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Red Sky Performance previews Mongolia, China, Canada collaboration July 3 to 5 Production will tour in September to the Beijing Olympics Cultural Festival

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June 25, 2008

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Tono (Higher, Faster, Stronger) • July 3 to July 5 Margaret Greenham Theatre, The Banff Centre Adult $16, Senior and Student $13, Child $9 Arts Lover Passholders Free Banff Centre Box Office: 1-800-413-8368 or 762-6301 Presented as part of the 2008 Banff Summer Arts Festival

Red Sky Performance, in partnership with The Banff Centre, will preview its newest production, Tono (Higher, Faster, Stronger) at the 2008 Banff Summer Arts Festival. This new creation brings together indigenous cultures of Canada, Mongolia and China for three performances in the Margaret Greenham Theatre from Thursday, July 3 to Saturday, July 5. In September, Red Sky will take the production on tour to Asia, presenting Tono at the Beijing Olympics Cultural Festival and touring to Ulanbataar, Mongolia and Hohhot, China.Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, founder of Red Sky, the thriving Toronto-based performance company, and director of Aboriginal Arts at The Banff Centre, Red Sky’s seventh creation is heavily grounded in the theme of horse cultures that have held a mystical sway over our imaginations. Through this new dance and live music production, a storyline about shamanism will rise into the realm of the evocative.

Tono (Higher, Faster, Stronger) is inspired by Laronde’s travels in Asia, this three-country project involves fourteen dancers and musicians, including Carlos Rivera, Eldon Weasel Child, Jinny Jacinto, Raul Talamantes with choreography by Laronde and Roger Sinha, and music composed by Rick Sacks. The collaboration includes award-winning Mongolian talent including throat singer Bat-Orshikh Bazarvaani and renowned long song singers Tuvshinijargal Damdinjav and Batmend Baasankhuu who have been involved in the on-site creative development residency at The Banff Centre. Vocals will be accompanied by musicians playing horse head fiddle, percussion, marimba and multiple First Nations traditional instruments.

Red Sky is a dynamic company shaping contemporary Aboriginal performance in dance, theatre, and music. Renowned for its artistry and innovation, Red Sky explores the artistic landscape where world Indigenous cultures merge.

Red Sky Performance will continue to develop and expand this project, taking it on tour to Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and the United States in 2009-10.

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