Last night’s puppet masterpiece act, Ajijaak on Turtle Island, directed by visionary puppet artists Ty Defoe and Heather Henson, the daughter of legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, kicked-off the 3rd Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival – Jan. 17-27. It was a beautifully written story of a young crane facing her first migration cycle on Turtle Island told by an ensemble of Native American performers. “Puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, indigenous songs, and dances, and video projections create a transformative experience that honors contemporary Native American cultures and illustrates the harmonious relationships between humans, animals, and the environment.”
Ajijaak on Turtle Island is among the fantastic, diverse line-up of this citywide festival of contemporary puppet acts from Chicago and around the world with more than100 performances of 24 shows and events from 10 countries at 19 different Chicago-area venues.
Visit the festival website, ChicagoPuppetFest.org, to purchase tickets and learn more about this world pageant of puppet artists and shows for residents and visitors to experience January 17-27.