321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor

New York City, NY 10021

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Czech & Slovak Fairy Tales With Strings

Two Nights With Czech Theater 10 August, 2018 - 5:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


Internationally renowned puppeteer, storyteller and author Vit Horejs and his troupe of century-old hand-carved marionettes will perform live Czech & Slovak Fairy Tales With Strings. This one-man show of Czech fairy tales (in English) is replete with kings, clever village maidens, witches and spirits. His marionettes speak in dozen voices, dance, play violin, swim and fly. The program will be composed of favorite Czech and Slovak fairy tales such as Duke Oldrich & Washerwoman Bozena, The True Story, and How the Little Cat Kochichka and the Little Dog Pejsek Bake a Birthday Cake.


For fifty years, a troupe of antique marionettes was confined to a dusty closet at Jan Hus Church, in the heart of New York's Czechoslovak neighborhood. Discovered by Vit Horejs, the 24-inch tall, century-old traditional masterpieces by Czech puppet makers have since brought joy to thousands of spectators young and old on tours to 34 continental states, and more.


Vit Horejs came to New York from Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1979, and has since performed at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian, and on tour throughout the United States, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Hong Kong, Poland, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. In New York, he also performed in Shakespeare plays and in experimental performances, including L-Train to Eldorado at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, in Kestutis Nakas' When Lithuania Ruled the World at Anthology Film Archives, and as Krojack in Woody Allen's film Don't Drink the Water. Mr. Horejs' performances include tours to the Smithsonian Institute, Detroit Institute of Art, the International Festival of Puppet Theatre organized by the Jim Henson Foundation in New York City, Celebrate Prague Festival at Winter Garden in New York City's World Financial Center, Folk Arts Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, as well as International Festivals in France, Pakistan, Turkey, Poland, Korea, and the Czech Republic. 


The Czech and Slovak puppetry has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016.



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your seat by email at: twonights@nipos.cz. 


The event Two Nights With Czech Theater is organized by NIPOS (Czech Republic) with support from BBLA, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, CSOB and Engeser, s.r.o.

Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General