Motus and the SÔ Company
from Longueuil, Canada and Bandiagara, Mali
School-time tickets may only be booked by Partner organizations.
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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
Prepare for your visit with our Baobab Character and Story Guide.
Prepare for your visit with our New Victory Social Story.
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.
Writer and Director
Assistant to the Director
Ismaïla Manga and Hélène Ducharme
Jean Cummings, Sylvain Racine and Claude Rodrigue
Aboulaye Koné assisted by Nathalie Cora
Marie-Claude Labrecque, Sylvain Massé and Louis-Philippe Paul-Hus
Curriculum and activities
Inspire creative thinking with ready-to-implement, grade-appropriate activities
Led by New Victory Teaching Artists
Explore art forms and themes in the show in a pre- or post-show workshop
Plan your visit
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