A Heather Henson Production Co-Directed by Ty Defoe & Heather Henson
Separated from her family, young whooping crane Ajijaack undertakes her first migration from Canada to coastal Texas alone. Her journey is disrupted by environmental, industrial, and mythical chaos. Ajijaack must follow her intuition to fly onward, learning from the neo-indigenous communities she encounters along the way. Bringing community together through puppetry, traditional dances, projections, and kites, Ajijaack on Turtle Island will inspire the next generation of eco-champions.
Cast Ty Defoe, Tony Enos, Joan Henry, Wen Jeng, Curtiss Mitchell, Adelka Polak, Sheldon Raymore, and Henu Josephine Tarrant
Musicians Kevin Tarrant
Co-created and Story by Ty Defoe and Heather Henson Written by Ty Defoe with additional lyrics Music by Dawn Avery, Kevin Tarrant & Ty Defoe Additional Traditional Music by Kevin Tarrant Scenic Design by Christopher Swader & Justin Swader Puppet Design and Fabrication by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ Projection Design by Katherine Freer Lighting Design by Marika Kent Sound Design by Emma Wilk Costume Design by Lux Haac & Donna Zakowska
Traditional Dances choreographed & performed by: Fancy Shawl Dance by Henu Josephine Tarrant Hoop Dance and Crane Dance by Ty Defoe Grass Dance by Sheldon Raymore Men's Traditional Dance by Tony Enos Flag Choreography by Louis Hellinger Director Advisor: Mark Armstrong Producer: Ibex Puppetry, Inc. Executive Producer: Heather Henson Producers: Utsuki Otsuka & Brenna Ross
Press for IBEX Puppet Theatre
“CRANE : On Earth, In Sky is a rich production, visually and emotionally. It creates awareness, expands to understanding and ultimately translates the values of North America Indigenous cultures. This spiritual performance connects and communicates an understanding of the natural phenomena of the Crane Migration and the need to fiercely protect our environment.” - Denise Christensen, Merryman Performing Arts Center
“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.” -Alison Durkee, Stage Buddy
About the Artists
Founded by Heather Henson in 2000, IBEX Puppetry is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of its mediums. IBEX produces Henson's own Environmental Spectacles and Sing-Along events and nurtures the creation and continuance of contemporary puppetry works by independent artists through the Handmade Puppet Dreams film series, The Puppet Slam Network, and the PATCH Series at the Carriage House.