Sneak preview! Heather Henson presents 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
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.
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 PresentsHandmade Puppet Dreams January 24, 6:30-8 PM at Dedee Shattuck Gallery
1 Partner’s Lane, Westport, MA
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.
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
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.
ARTIST UP-CLOSE CONVERSATION
with puppet artist Heather Henson January 28, 6:30 PM at RISD Chace Center
20 North Main Street, Providence, RI
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