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Czech and Slovak Tales with Strings by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
February 16 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mayo Street Arts presents the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
Internationally known Czechoslovak puppeteer, storyteller and author Vít Hořejš and his troupe of century-old hand-carved marionettes will perform live at Mayo Street Arts February 15th at 7 pm & with two shows on the 16th, 3pm-4pm and 7pm-8pm.
Mr. Hořejš performs a one-man show of Czech fairy tales (in English) replete with kings, clever village maidens, witches and spirits. His marionettes speak in a dozen voices, dance, play violin, swim and fly. The program will be composed of favorite Czech and Slovak fairy tales such as “Salt over Gold” (a Princess who values her father “only” as much as salt, is banished, but returns to save her father when salt disappears), “The Stingy Tailor” (a proud and stingy tailor is taught a lesson by the water goblin “Vodnik”) and “Kacha and the Devil” (a shepherd outwits the devil who is pursued by a dance-loving shrew).
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 Vít Hořejš, Czech storyteller, author, and puppeteer, the 24-inch 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.
Mr. Hořejš’s 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.