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Indigenous Dance Performance ‘Trace’ and Two-Eyed Seeing Astronomy

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Location: The Isabel Bader Centre, 390 King St W, Kingston, ON K7L 2X4

Date: March 28, 2022

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Wide Trace poster and Two-Eyed Seeing event takes place March 28 2022

The McDonald Institute and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Queen’s University Presents Red Sky Performance’s Trace production at the Isabel Bader on Monday, March 28th, 2022.

We are traceable to the very beginnings of the universe, our ancestral origins stretching across the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside of us in the ‘here and now’ on earth. Trace is a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories, offering a glimpse into our origin as well as our future evolution.

Winner of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and nominated for four Dora Awards.

This Two-Eyed Seeing Astronomy event will have the audience embrace learning “to see from one eye with the best in the Indigenous ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the best in the Western ways of knowing, and learning to use both these eyes together for the benefit of all.” (Elder Dr. Albert Marshall). Following the performance, we will feature a brief discussion by both Western and Indigenous astronomers speaking to different ways of knowing and understanding about the skies above. Speakers are Queen’s University Professor Dave Hanes, and Melanie Demers, Kanyen’kehá:ka from Six Nations and raised in Aylmer, Québec

This event’s ticket pricing has a sliding scale pay structure; please feel free to pay what you can according to your means. Get your tickets here ($5 – $40):

For those with barriers to in-person attendance, please feel free to contact for alternative viewing options.

For the Trace Performance featured in the event:
Name of Company: Red Sky Performance
Contact: Sandra Laronde
Name of Production: Trace

Created and Produced by Red Sky Performance
Direction/Concept by: Sandra Laronde
Choreography by: Jera Wolfe
Music by: Eliot Britton
Visuals by: Marcella Grimaux


Vaccine and Mask Mandate

As per current Queen’s University policies, all visitors to the Isabel MUST be fully vaccinated, and are required to wear a medical-grade or higher mask indoors on campus. These policies will be in effect for the event, even as provincial policies change. More details are available on the Isabel Bader’s website: