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BABA YAGA

Produced by Windmill Theatre Co. and Imaginate

From Adelaide, Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland

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Vaselina lives the quiet life, working as a receptionist in a very tall, very strict apartment building. But all that changes when she is forced to confront Baba Yaga, a terrifying resident who breaks all the rules, plays her music far too loudly and eats jelly babies with her mouth open. Who is this mysterious neighbor? Will she ever turn the music down? And what exactly is she planning for dinner?

 

Through her encounters with the eccentric and mysterious Baba Yaga, Vaselina’s mundane and grey life turns upside down and she finds the confidence and courage to speak up, sing out, and sparkle! Using imaginative video projections, delightful songs, and gorgeous design elements, this is a modern take on an old Russian folktale guaranteed to give you lots to chew on.

 

With a sell-out premiere run at the 2018 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and tours across Australia, UK, Ireland, Norway (ASSITEJ), China and Taiwan, BABA YAGA is co-commissioned by Windmill and Imaginate and is co-created by Windmill director Rosemary Myers and two unique and celebrated artists from opposite ends of the globe: Shona Reppe (Scotland; The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean) and Christine Johnston (Australia; The Kransky Sisters).

Best for: Grades 3rd+ (8 years+)

Audience Size: Small & Medium Venues
(up to 600 seats depending on venue sight lines)

BABA YAGA highlights trailer

Interview - Creative Development of BABA YAGA

Please contact us to watch an archival full length recording of BABA YAGA.

 

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Company Background

Past Tours: Beep, Grug, Grug and the Rainbow, Big Bad Wolf

Based in Adelaide, Australia, Windmill Theatre Company has a global reputation as a leading producer of theatre for children, teenagers, and families. They bring artists together to uncover and ignite stories that are burning to be told. Each year they perform in their home town, and tour across Australia and around the world.

 

During the last 17 years, Windmill has presented 63 productions, including 36 brand new Australian works, performing to young audiences in 247 cities and towns across 28 countries.

 

Windmill has previously traveled to North America for tours of Plop (2012), Grug (2013), Big Bad Wolf (2016), and Grug and the Rainbow (2017). Beep will tour North America in early 2020. Windmill’s co-production with State Theatre Company South Australia, Pinocchio, performed at the New Victory Theatre in New York in 2015.

 

In 2016, Windmill released their first feature film, Girl Asleep, which won multiple awards and was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. In 2017, they announced the launch of Windmill Pictures, a new arm of the company dedicated to developing screen projects from our live theatre repertoire.

 

For more information, please visit the company’s website.

 

Artistic Team

Co-Creator, Performer: Christine Johnson

Co-Creator, Director: Rosemary Myers

Co-Creator: Shone Reppe

Sound Design, Composer: Peter Nelson

Animator: Chris Edser

Dramaturg: Julianne O'Brien

Technical Designer: Chris Petridis

Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre

Movement Consultant: Carol Wellman Kelly

Design Realiser: Ailsa Paterson

Costume Designer/Maker: Selene Cochrane

Performer: Elizabeth Hay*

 

Co-commissioned by Imaginate and Windmill Theatre Company
*performer to be confirmed with Windmill Theatre Co. closer to tour

Critical Acclaim

"★★★★★ A brilliant new version of the alluring old Russian fairytale"

—The Scotsman

"★★★★ Deliciously [and] spookily imaginative..."

—The Guardian

"★★★★ So outrageous, bold and silly that it proves irresistible!"

—The Times UK

"Christine Johnston’s Baba Yaga is perfectly eccentric. She is an all dancing, all singing, all recorder playing powerhouse."

—Kiddo Mag

"Fabulously performed, technically outstanding and excellently directed..."

—Herald Scotland

"A modern take on a Slavic folklore classic, Windmill's adaptation of Baba Yaga is a clever reboot with an uplifting message behind it."

— The Advertiser

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Gallery of Past Productions

 

2019/2020 Dates

See Performances of BABA YAGA:

Taipei Children's Art Festival in Taipei, Taiwan August 3-4, 2019 

Kilden Teater og Konserthus ASSITEJ in Kirstiansand, Norway September 4-5, 2019 

The Ark, Dublin Theatre Festival in Dublin, Ireland October 4-6, 2019
The Lime Tree Theatre, Belltable Bualadh Bos Children's Festival in Limerick, Ireland October 12, 2019
Baboro International Arts Festival for Children in Galway, Ireland October 17-20, 2019
Southbank Centre London Literature Festival in London, UK October 22-23, 2019
The Unity Theatre Big Imaginations Festival in Liverpool, UK October 25, 2019
Blackwood Miner's Institute in Blackwood, UK October 30, 2019
Theatre Sir Gar in Llanelli, UK October 31, 2019
Pontardawe Arts Centre in Pontardawe, UK November 2, 2019​

Borough Theatre in Abergavenny, UK November 6, 2019

Or see the company on the road with BEEP in spring 2020.
 

Curriculum Connections

  • PERFORMING ARTS Baba Yaga is an innovatively staged production that features performance, music, animation, projection, sound design, lighting design and a dynamic, visual set.

  • LANGUAGE The show engages children with performance literacy, using language to bring the children into the realm of imaginative role play. Teachers can also connect to traditional folktales and use of narrative.

  • VISUAL ART Children can develop their personal responses to the performance through artist responses and visual literacy.

  • COMMUNITY VALUES The production provides children with the opportunity to consider the ideas of authority, self-discovery and change, and respond to a variety of social values as they share the characters’ challenges, triumphs and celebrations.

 

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 8 hours (with pre-rig)
     

  • CREW REQUIREMENTS
    Load in: 4 multiskilled technicians
    Performances: 1 multiskilled technician
    Load out: 4 multiskilled technicians
     

  • Ideal Stage Size: 29ft width x 26.2ft depth x 20ft height; 10 ft wings
    Min. Stage Size: 23ft width x 23ft depth x 16.5ft height; 6.5ft wings
     

  • SOUND REQUIREMENTS
    Left, right, subs and foldback x 2
     

  • Load Out Time: 2 hours

 

Outreach and Workshops

Sensory Friendly Performances

BABA YAGA is available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.