"Once There Was a Village", the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater of NYC

A 400 year account of the history of the East Village and the "stories of immigrants, as told by vacuum cleaners." Emulating the junk tower of Avenue B & 6th St.., vacuum cleaners, ironing boards & suitcases are manipulated in inventive and playful ways to turn a dark narrative into a whimsical environment. "Once There Was a Village" was directed by Vit Horejs based on East Village artist Yuri Kapralov's novella of the same title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performed by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater with the Hungry March Band at LaMama, E.T.C., in 2007, and excerpts were also seen at Lincoln Center Outdoors in 2006 & 2007. Performers: Deborah Beshaw, Michelle Beshaw, Jason Candler, Vit Horejs, Theresa Linnihan, Quince Marcum, Alan Barnes Netherton, Adelka Polak, Steven Ryan, Ronny Wasserstrom, and Kat Yew.

http://www.czechmarionettes.org

http://www.lamama.org - LaMama Archive

Review in the Village Voice

Photo Credit: Tom Lee