Ajijaak on Turtle Island

From IBEX Puppetry
New York, New York

Kites morph into soaring birds and branches transform into a gentle deer. Visionary puppetry artist Heather Henson and Grammy Award winner Ty Defoe bring together an ensemble of North American First Nations Peoples to tell the tale of Ajijaak, a young whooping crane who must face her first migration south. Indigenous songs, languages, and dance weave together in a spectacle of artistry to create this affecting fable about the dangerous effects of climate change on animals and our Mother Earth. With puppets from Jim Henson's Creature Shop and music by Ty Defoe, Grammy nominee Dawn Avery and Kevin Tarrant of The SilverCloud Singers, AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND takes flight in a celebration of the natural world.

"An immersive environmental spectacle for the whole family"Broadway World "Delightfully whimsical…the cranes are majestic"Orlando Sentinel  "The contemplative beauty and pure spirit of this production that prevails, celebrating the joyful and inclusive spirit of the natural world." Stage Buddy



Performance Facts

Performance Facts

60 minutes with no intermission

Tickets start at $17.
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Autism-Friendly Performance:
Saturday, 3/2 at 7pm

What Kind of Show?

What Kind of Show?
Storytelling with puppetry and live music

Thoughtful and visually stunning


Play Before the Play!

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Getting to Know IBEX Puppetry

Heather Henson is quite literally changing the world. Her company, IBEX Puppetry, nurtures the creation of contemporary puppetry and promotes harmony and healing with nature. Telling stories about Earth and its inhabitants, IBEX Puppetry's environmentally-themed theatrical experiences are almost otherworldly with large-scale puppets, video projections, soaring kites, music and more. While her parents, Jane and Jim, may be best known for creating a certain green frog and posh pig, Henson's dedicated the past 25 years to highlighting the plight of the highly-endangered whooping crane.

Did You Know?

  • In addition to enchating environmental spectacles, IBEX Puppetry produces Heather's Sing Along events and supports the work of independent puppet artists creating art for the stage, screen and gallery scene.
  • AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND was made with members of the Indigenous Community of New York City and workshopped to include dances inspired by traditional Hoop, Fancy Shawl, Grass, Crane and Men's Traditional dances.
  • Turtle Island is the name for the North American Continent used by the Lenape, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Nations.


All The Way From...

New York, New York
...New York, New York


The name Manhattan comes from the Lenape word "Mannahatta" meaning "island of many hills."

Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.

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Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



All New Victory venues feature snacks and souvenirs for sale, and stroller parking and changing tables are available whenever age-appropriate. Lobby monitors at The New Victory show a live stream of the stage so that you won't miss out if you need to leave your seat.
Read more about all three venues here, including accessibility information.
Please do not bring backpacks or large bags to the theater. All bags are subject to inspection.

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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


Welcome to 42nd Street

Welcome to the Crossroads of the World. We recommend that you come early or stay late and grab a bite with one of our neighborhood partners. Visit Partners & Discounts page.

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New Victory ticket prices are subject to change. Each person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No lap seating is permitted without a ticket. Program and schedules are subject to change. No refunds.