. This new outstanding dance creation brings together the Indigenous cultures of Canada, Mongolia and China. Tono is heavily grounded in the theme of horse culture, a creature universally regarded as the epitome of strength, grace and beauty, and spans the plains tradition in Asia and North America with a storyline about shamanism on both continents. Inspired by Red Sky artistic director Sandra Laronde's travels to Asia, this three-country project was featured as part of the Closing Ceremonies of the cultural programming of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tono has also been performed at the 2008 Summer Arts Festival at The Banff Centre, the 2008 Meet in Beijing Festival, the International Arts and Culture Festival in Inner Mongolia, and Toronto's 2009 Luminato Festival. Tono will continue to tour with performances at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, High Performance Rodeo, the Yukon Arts Centre and into Asia in 2010.