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Baobab: Sensory-Friendly

Théâtre Motus and the SÔ Company
from Longueuil, Canada and Bandiagara, Mali

March 19, 2023 at 3pm
Recommended Ages
For ages 4 – 7
Price
All tickets $25
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What Kind of Show?
Theater with puppetry and live music; artful and charming
Running Time
55 minutes with no intermission
Venue
The New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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  • Audio Described Performance
    Audio-Described

    Live audio-description provided

  • Audio Described Performance
    Sensory-Friendly

    Relaxed performance adapted for sensory sensitivities

  • Audio Described Performance
    Sign-Interpreted

    Live Sign-Interpretation provided by partner organization Hands On.

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Public Performance

About the Show

Come hear the djembe drums dance and the ngoni’s strings sing as the griots tell you a tale. A tale set long ago when the stars were still babies, and the trees and animals talked. A tale passed down from generation to generation about a water-stealing sun and a baobab tree bearing an unexpected and unusual gift. Featuring music from Mali and Senegal, puppets large and small, one naughty monkey and a witch with an itch to dance, Baobab is a percussion-filled fable about a boy’s heroic quest to save his village from drought.

A little gem of international theatre

Winnipeg Free Press

What to Expect

  • Modified lighting and sound
  • Judgment-free, inclusive environment
  • Calming corner and activity area
  • Specialists and support resources

About the Company

Théâtre Motus specializes in original theater for young audiences that highlights the diversity of world cultures. Combining live music with different styles of puppetry, the company has collaborated with artists from Japan to Mexico to Burkina Faso, telling tales that integrate other languages and foster cultural exchange. For Baobab in particular, they’ve joined forces with Mali’s SÔ Company to share this West African story authentically. Beyond their native Quebec, they’ve performed in 12 countries, translating their work into English, Spanish and Mandarin for audiences around the world.

Creative Team

Writer and Director
Hélène Ducharme

Playwright Collaborator
Hamadoun Kassogue

English Version
Leanna Brodie

Assistant to the Director
Annie Bélanger

Scenography
Ismaïla Manga and Hélène Ducharme

Puppets
Jean Cummings, Sylvain Racine and Claude Rodrigue

Music
Aboulaye Koné assisted by Nathalie Cora

Lighting
Michel St-Amand

Shadow Puppetry
Marcelle Hudon

Costumes
Louis Hudon

Research
Marie-Claude Labrecque, Sylvain Massé and Louis-Philippe Paul-Hus

Photos

Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré
Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré
Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré
Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré
Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré
Photo: Sylvie-Ann Paré

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