Tickets are on sale now for the straight-from-New York City theatrical spectacle Ajijaak on Turtle Island, coming to Baraboo, Wisconsin’s historic Al. Ringling Theatre in 2019. Click here to purchase tickets!
This breathtaking production is the latest to be produced by Heather Henson’s (daughter of Jim Henson) IBEX Puppetry, and is co-directed by Henson and the multi-award winning Ty Defoe. Only two public performances will be held in Wisconsin, on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, and Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Both performances benefit the Al. Ringling Theatre and the International Crane Foundation, who are partnering to bring this production to Wisconsin.
Ajijaak on Turtle Island is written by interdisciplinary artist Ty Defoe of the Oneida and Ojibwe Nations of Wisconsin, with lyrics by Defoe and Grammy and NAMA-nominated Dawn Avery of Mohawk descent, music by Avery & Grammy Award winner Larry Mitchell (Totemic Flute Chants), Kevin Tarrant of The SilverCloud Singers and of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and Hopi Tribe of Arizona, and Defoe, and is based on original storyboards written and drawn by Henson. Ajijaak on Turtle Island features breathtaking puppet creations designed and fabricated by The Jim Henson Workshop™, some towering on stage over 20 feet in height.
The story invites theatergoers to follow Ajijaak, a young Whooping Crane separated from her parents, tracing her first migratory journey alone from Wood Buffalo, Canada down to the Gulf Coast. With the guidance she receives from the numerous neo-Indigenous communities she encounters along the way, Ajijaak must persevere and continue the cycle, using her own unique song to restore harmony and balance to the Earth. Through puppetry, traditional dances, animations, and kites, Ajijaak on Turtle Island celebrates the richness of Indigenous cultures and demonstrates the tender interconnectivity of all living things. View the trailer for the performance.
Henson is best known for her environmental spectacles and other original performances designed to provide a transformative experience for audiences through the use of non-traditional storytelling. She blends the disciplines of puppetry, dance, and kiting with evocative sound and light effects to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul.
IBEX Puppetry is bringing this production to only four cities in the United States, including New York City, Chicago, Providence, and Baraboo. While in Baraboo, the company will be offering two complementary matinee performances beginning at 10 a.m. for students. Click here for a first-come, first-served reservation for your classroom!
Tickets are $55 and $75 for main floor seats. Full boxes also are available and include a private reception, with a meet-and-greet following the performance. Tickets may also be purchased at the Al. Ringling Theatre box office, 136 Fourth Avenue, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and by phone at 608-356-8864.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the International Crane Foundation or the Al. Ringling Theatre for more details.