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Sneak preview! Heather Henson presents AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND

FirstWorks: Connecting art with audiences - Pictured: Heather Henson's Ajijaak on Turtle Island
From the daughter of puppet legend Jim Henson and IBEX Puppetry
Heather Henson Presents
AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND

January 31 & February 1, 7 PM at Moses Brown Woodman Center
Watch preview: "An immersive environmental spectacle for the whole family" -Broadway World
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 people to tell the tale of Ajijaak, a young whooping crane who must face her first migration. Written by Ty Defoe and featuring puppets built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, music by 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 sure to inspire the next generation of eco-champions.
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Recommended for ages 7 and up. Advance tickets: $40 adult / $22.50 children under 12.
Available for purchase at FIRST-WORKS.ORG or call 401-421-4281. 
Special discounts available for groups of 10 or more, students, working artists, and Native American community members – call Holly at 401-421-4278.
The performances culminate a FirstWorks artist residency with Heather Henson and IBEX Puppetry, featuring arts learning workshops in Rhode Island schools, K-12 student matinee performances, public artist talks and film screenings.
Please join us for our public residency events:
FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Heather Henson Presents Handmade Puppet Dreams

January 24, 6:30-8 PM at Dedee Shattuck Gallery
1 Partner’s Lane, Westport, MA
Heather Henson presents Handmade Puppet Dreams
FirstWorks and Dedee Shattuck Gallery present a selection of short films from Heather Henson’sHandmade Puppet Dreams curated film series showcasing independent puppeteers who use film to explore live-action puppetry. A panel discussion and reception with local puppeteers and stop-motion animators will follow the screening.

Registration required – RSVP to htaylor@first-works.org. $5 suggested donation at the door.

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FAMILY FILM SCREENING AND WORKSHOP
Heather Henson Presents Handmade Puppet Dreams

January 26, 10:30-11:30 AM at Jamestown Arts Center
18 Valley Rd, Jamestown, RI
Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams
FirstWorks and the Jamestown Arts Center present a screening of family-focused short films selected from Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams curated film series, along with accompanying hands-on activities for children ages 7 and up.

Space is limited! Pre-registration is recommended. $5 fee per participant.

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ARTIST UP-CLOSE CONVERSATION
with puppet artist Heather Henson

January 28, 6:30 PM at RISD Chace Center
20 North Main Street, Providence, RI
Heather Henson
Join FirstWorks for an Artist-Up Close conversation with Heather Henson, innovating contemporary puppeteer and daughter of puppet legend, Jim Henson. Creator of the multi-platform production company IBEX Puppetry, Heather blends the disciplines of visual art, environmental education, theater, and community engagement to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Made possible with support from RISD Liberal Arts Division Humanities Fund 
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Dazzling cultural performances. Provocative discussions with legendary artists. World-class music and dance. From the concert hall to the classroom, FirstWorks is also at the frontier of arts education, where performers engage directly with local students through creative programs and performances at area schools. FIRST-WORKS.ORG
Thanks to our season sponsors! Rhode Island Foundation, Carter Family Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts - Art. Works. Providence Tourism Council, Providence Journal, National Grid Foundation, City of Providence, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Textron Charitable Trust, Providence Journal Charitable Fund, Bank of America, RISCA, Providence College, Providence Monthly, The Public's Radio
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