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Sky Fairchild-Waller is an artist, producer, and manager working in performance, video, and installation. He attended the National Ballet School of Canada, completed his formal education at York University and the University of California, Berkeley, and is an alum of the Jeux de Canada Games National Artist Program and Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Program. He has contributed to the Canadian Theatre Review, ADONE Magazine, The Dance Current magazine, Evi-Dance Radio/CIUT 89.5FM, and has been an invited presenter at l’Association des commissaires des arts du Québec, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and York University. Prior to serving as the Development Manager for the Dancer Transition Resource Centre in Toronto and Company Advisor for Belinda McGuire Dance Projects in New York City, Sky worked for The Harriet Tubman Institute, Harbourfront Centre, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Sky was one of ten Royal Bank of Canada National Scholarship winners and is a three-time recipient of the Koerner Foundation’s Award in Performing Arts. His performance and video work has been supported by Die Schweizerische Post, the Canada Council for the Arts, and presented in Assisi, Boston, Brooklyn, Cairo, Charlottetown, Dawson City, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Mississauga, Montréal, New Delhi, Philadelphia, Saint John, São Paulo, Sarnia, Toronto, Turin, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, and Zürich. As an interpreter, he has performed in work by Diane Borsato, Susan Cash, Brendan Fernandes, David Frankovich, John Greyson, Derek Liddington, Andrea Nann, Eroca Nicols, Tracey Norman, Yoshi Oida, Kaitlyn Regehr, Tino Sehgal, and Twyla Tharp, with credits including the 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Opera Company, Dancemakers, Harbourfront Centre, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Scottish Ballet, and Toronto International Film Festival. skyfairchildwaller.com


Sky Fairchild-Waller's Work


The Beginning of the End (and Why it Should Happen Again)

By Sky Fairchild-Waller Apocalypsis R. Murray Schafer

Welcome to the beginning of the end, also known as Apocalypsis, R. Murray Schafer’s two-hour oratorio chronicling the demise of the world and its laboured regenesis. The mood, more than fittingly, isn’t a light one; 1000 singers, musicians, and dancers gather to perform the opening and closing ceremonies of this Olympic-sized pageant of death and rebirth, and you made it into the theatre and to your seat, which was was no small feat.


From Point A to B

Peggy Baker’s locus plot By Sky Fairchild-Waller locus plot

While (thankfully) not a physicalized ode to quests for empirical knowledge, locus plot excels as a poetic transposition of chemistry in its humanist and even larger-than-life form, and the beginning of the full-length work illustrates this perfectly.

On the Ground

Visionary Programming at Luminato

By Sky Fairchild-Waller

Last week, during the final stretch of one of Toronto’s largest annual festivals, I saw some brilliant things. Sometimes you see art that makes you feel like you’ve never seen art before.