Marc Chagall: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk
Steve Wright, July 12, 2017
Return of Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic’s co-production, which traces the lives of Marc and Bella Chagall, who walked through some of the most devastating times in history.
Emma Rice’s production (it was her last as Kneehigh’s artistic director before her replacement by Tobacco Factory Theatres’ own outgoing A.D., Ali Robertson) is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall’s paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition.
Marc Chagall was a leading pioneer of modern art whose vibrant, original style evolved against one of the most tumultuous and terrifying periods in history. Chagall and his young wife were swept up in the confusion and brutality of world wars, revolution, ethnic persecution and the murder and exile of millions. He responded with a radical, original visual style which was both mythic and dreamlike, fusing everyday settings inspired from his home town in Vitebsk in an extraordinary mystical lament, conveying love, loss, exile and the miracle of survival.
Daniel Jamieson’s play traces the lives of the young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other in a vigorous staging woven throughout with live klezmer music from Ian Ross and James Gow inspired by Russian and Jewish folk traditions.
7.30pm plus Sat 2.30pm, £11.50-£31.50. For more info, visit bristololdvic.org.uk/the-flying-lovers-of-vitebsk.html