Ajijaak on Turtle Island: Autism-Friendly

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

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In collaboration with The New Victory Theater, Autism Friendly Spaces, Inc. provided consultative services for this performance of Ajijaak on Turtle Island. For more information, visit their website.



Performance Facts

Performance Facts

60 minutes with no intermission

All tickets $25.
Individual prices display during seat selection.

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Lighting and sound elements have been adapted to accommodate sensory sensitivity needs. See "Explore" for more details.

What Kind of Show?

What Kind of Show?
Storytelling with puppetry and live music

Thoughtful and visually stunning


Play Before the Play!

And after! Experience the art forms on stage in Ajijaak on Turtle Island for yourself through New Victory Family Engagement programs, including online options. Connect on social media to digitally discover other cool artist info.

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Visiting the New Vic During an Autism-Friendly Performance

What to Expect at an Autism Friendly Performance What to Expect at an
Autism-Friendly Performance
All patrons are welcome at this special performance. In order to make the show more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, we will adapt Ajijaak on Turtle Island in the following ways:
  • Sound in the production will be lowered and staff will warn of any upcoming loud noises during the show.
  • Lights in the seating area will be dimmed rather than fully dark during the performance.
  • A Relaxed Atmosphere allows patrons to talk and vocalize as they wish, as well as leave and re-enter the seating area as needed.
  • An Activity Area will be available with a live video feed of the show, coloring sheets and fidget toys if patrons need to take a break from the seating area.
  • A Calming Corner will be available with fidget toys and bean bag chairs if patrons need a quiet place to relax.
  • Autism Specialists will be available throughout the performance to provide assistance as requested or needed.
  • A Family Restroom (gender-neutral) will be designated.


"Visiting The New Victory" Social Story

Introduce your child to the experience of attending a live theater performance here at the New Vic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will staff have training and experience working with individuals with ASD?
Yes. Autism specialists and volunteers from Autism Friendly Spaces will be on hand to provide assistance if needed, and New Victory staff members have received training about autism and how to make this event enjoyable for everyone.

What should I bring to the show?
If your child uses ear defenders or has a particular fidget s/he likes best, bring them along! You may bring your own snack if your child has specific food preferences, or we have a selection of snacks available for purchase. We do ask that you enjoy your food in the lobby areas.

How do I prepare for the show?
Watch the video trailer at the top of this page for an introduction to this production. Closer to the performance, return to this page to read our Character Guide to get to know the characters you'll see on stage and play with the themes of the show at home with our Family Activity. You may also use the Social Story to familiarize yourself with coming to The New Victory and what a trip to the New Vic will be like.

Come Meet Your Seat!

Families who have never been to The New Victory are invited to explore the lobbies and seating areas prior to the show by appointment. Just call 646.223.3023 to arrange for a time.

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.

Seating Chart • Virtual Tour



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.

Public Transit & Parking Map • Neighborhood & Partner Discounts


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.

Select a Show Time

In addition to regularly available lobby activities, look for the following symbols to identify additional programs at specific performances:
Autism Friendly Performance icon Autism-Friendly   Sign-Interpreted Performance icon Sign-Interpreted
Talk-Back icon Talk-Back   Audio Described Performance icon Audio-Described

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Questions icon For information about last minute ticket availability and wait lists for Sold Out public performances or for help with any question, call Ticket Services at 646.223.3010.

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.