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Nov 22, 2014 7:00 PM

Fragile Freedom

Multi-genre performance dedicated to the life and legacy of Vaclav Havel, celebrating 25 years of freedom and the power of art to change the world.


The event will feature 12 contemporary music composers, 13 American musicians, Czech and American dancers and actors together with leading proponents of political and cultural life from both countries, led by Czech theater directors Miřenka Čechová and Petr Boháč.

Performed by Radim Vizváry, Zuzana Stivínová, Joel Sugerman, Drew Valins, David Čermák, and Tadeáš Čermák.

Well recognized contemporary Czech composers create 89 second long compositions dedicated to the fragile freedom, gained in 1989 during the Velvet Revolution. American musicians conducted by Peter Breiner will perform these world premeire compositions in the Bohemian National Hall. Czech composers Iva Bittová, Michal Rataj, Jan Kučera, Lucie Vítkova, Vlastislav Matoušek, Varhan Orchestrovič Bauer, Ondrej Stochl, Petr Wajsar, Matouš Hekela and Jan Trojan will be accompanied by American composers Sivan Eldar and Peter Breiner 

Fragments of forbidden theater plays, texts and essays, created during the time of oppression, will be introduced during this event.  

This will include Vaclav Havel, one of the most important figures of dissent, a human right advocate and playwright, who in 1989 became president. Also the female proponent of forbidden literature, Eva Kantůrková, imprisoned for the subversion of communist ideas, together with staged essays of philosopher Pavel Tigrid and other important texts that contributed to the fight for freedom performed live 

The overview of historic events forming the free Czech Republic will be seen through the eyes of photographers and cinematographers.  

A strong Czech tradition, puppet theater, will be used to introduce the fall of the iron curtain with a witty point of view, followed by fragments of the essential leitmotifs of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, whose original manuscripts return to US for the first time and will be heard in a special arrangement.  

Miřenka Čechová Ph.D

Photo©Tomki Nemec, all rights reserved





Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Nov 22, 2014 7:00 PM


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