Sky Fairchild-Waller


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Sky Fairchild-Waller is an American-Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. His work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Die Schweizerische Post, and exhibited in Assisi, Beijing, Boston, Brooklyn, Cairo, Calgary, Cologne, Montréal, New Delhi, São Paulo, Toronto, Turin, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Zürich. A former student of Canada’s National Ballet School, he completed his formal education at the School of Art, Media, Performance & Design at York University and graduate studies at the University of Toronto.

Fairchild-Waller has performed professionally for fifteen years, appearing in work by Perry Bard, James Kudelka, Yoshi Oida, Tino Sehgal, Twyla Tharp, and in world premieres by Diane Borsato, Brendan Fernandes, David Frankovich, John Greyson, Will Kwan, Derek Liddington, Heather Nicol, Tracey Norman and Lucy Rupert. He is an alum of the Jeux de Canada Games National Artist Program, Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Program, Canadian Stage Royal Bank of Canada Emerging Artist Program, and is a three-time recipient of the Koerner Foundation’s Award in Performing Arts. In 2013, he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography and later served as a juror in the Dance Division during the 2015/16 awards season.

Fairchild-Waller has worked in higher education and arts management for the Canadian National Exhibition, Canadian Opera Company, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Harbourfront Centre, The Harriet Tubman Institute, University of Toronto and York University. Research contributions include A Playful Proposal: Remixing Neurochemistry and Queering Consciousness in the Social Sphere with Anna Gallagher-Ross, presented at Rutgers University; How To Be When We See: Social Codes, Spatial Domestication, and the Performance of Viewing with Cara Spooner, presented at Association des Commissaires des Arts du Québec, and Sexwork(s): Permutations of Explicit Satire and Catharsis with Jessica Thalmann, presented at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He currently serves as Artistic Producer for Belinda McGuire Dance Projects in Brooklyn while working at the University of Toronto.

Sky Fairchild-Waller's Work

Writers & Readers

All Things West

By Sky Fairchild-Waller

In The Right Eye of Clint, I see an architect – someone who muses over how designed space and humans converge.


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.