Ajijaak on Turtle Island @ La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York [from 8 to 18 February]

Ajijaak on Turtle Island

8 - 18
19:00 - 16:00

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La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
66 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003
Ajijaak on Turtle Island
February 8, 2018 — February 18, 2018

An Ibex Puppetry Production
Directed by Ty Defoe and Heather Henson

Separated from her family, young whooping crane Ajijaak undertakes her first migration from Canada to coastal Texas alone. Her journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical chaos. Ajijaak must follow her intuition to fly onward, learning from the neo-indigenous communities she encounters along the way. Bringing community together through puppetry, traditional dances, projections and kites, ​Ajijaak on Turtle Island will inspire the next generation of eco-champions.


Ty Defoe, Tony Enos, Joan Henry, Wen Jeng, Curtiss Mitchell, Adelka Polak, Sheldon Raymore and Henu Josephine Tarrant

Ty Defoe and Kevin Tarrant

Jake Montanaro, Jennifer Sanchez, Euni Shim and Dormeshia Ward

Written by Ty Defoe
Lyrics by Ty Defoe and Dawn Avery
Music by Dawn Avery & Larry Mitchell, Kevin Tarrant, and Ty Defoe
Based on original storyboards written and drawn by Heather Henson
Scenic Design by Christopher Swader & Justin Swader
Puppet Design & Fabrication by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™
Projection Design by Katherine Freer
Lighting Design by Marika Kent
Sound Design by Emma Wilk
Costume Designer by Lux Haac
Original costumes from ​Crane: On Earth, In Sky by Donna Zakowska
Aerial Design & Fabrication by Curtiss Lee Mitchell
Traditional Dances choreographed & performed by:
Fancy Shawl Dance by Henu Josephine Tarrant
Hoop Dance and Crane Dance by Ty Defoe
Grass Dance by Sheldon Raymore
Men's Traditional Dance by Tony Enos
Flag Choreographer by Louis Hellinger

The Authors acknowledge the contributions to the Play of Ari Berk, Felipe Chavez- Ramirez, Melissa Creighton, Sharon Day, Deb Echohawk, Tony Enos, Kate Freer, Lux Haac, Joan Alison Henry, Wen Jen, Marika Kent, Laura Krouch, Anastasia McAllister, Pamela McCaddin, Curtiss Lee Mitchell, Adelka Polak, Sheldon Raymore, Brenna Ross, Christopher Swader, Justin Swader, Henu Josephine Tarrant, Jason Weber, Emma Wilk.
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