The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is a Global Celebration of Puppetry Masterpieces!

| January 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island”; An IBEX Puppetry Production. Photograph: © 2018 Richard Termine.

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.

3rd Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Opener from Chicago Puppet Fest on Vimeo.

Visit the festival website,, to purchase tickets and learn more about this world pageant of puppet artists and shows for residents and visitors to experience January 17-27.

3rd Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival from Chicago Puppet Fest on Vimeo.


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