Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic present ‘THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK’

Audrey Brisson (Bella Chagall) )  & Marc Antonin (Marc Chagall) in Kneehigh's Flying Lovers of Vitebsk photo Steve Tanner

[Image: Steve Tanner]

Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic present


By Daniel Jamieson

Directed by Emma Rice

Musical Direction by Ian Ross

Designed by Sophia Clist with Lighting by Malcolm Rippeth and Sound Design by Simon Baker

Emma Rice directs Marc Antolin and Audrey Brisson as Marc and Bella Chagall in Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, a dazzling and evocative play vividly drawn from the early life of the artist Marc Chagall.

The production will open at Bristol Old Vic on 2 June 2016 as part of the Theatre’s 250th Anniversary season of work. This co-production celebrates the special relationship between Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic which has spanned nearly three decades. It will then travel to Shakespeare’s Globe, The Nuffield, Southampton and The Asylum.

Marc and Bella Chagall were the flying lovers of Vitebsk. Partners in life and on canvas, they are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history.

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 from Russian Jewish folk tradition.

Marc Antolin’s credits include The Trial (Young Vic), Taken At Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket, Chichester Minerva), Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre), From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Matilda (RSC Courtyard Theatre, Cambridge Theatre), Singin’ In The Rain and The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre), Into The Woods and Hello, Dolly! (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Billy Liar (UK Tour), Imagine This (New London Theatre). Film and Television credits include London Road, Coconut Shy, Love Actually and More Than Love.

Audrey Brisson’s stage credits include for Kneehigh Dead Dog in a Suitcase & Other Love Songs. Other credits include Secret Cinema (Future Shorts), Midnight’s Pumpkin and The Wild Bride (both Kneehigh), Miss Hedgehog in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), The Elephantom (National Theatre), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston). Film includes: Hereafter directed by Clint Eastwood and W.E. directed by Madonna.

The production forms part of Emma Rice’s inaugural season as Artistic Director at the Globe and initiates a rich and fruitful relationship in keeping with Kneehigh’s new status as an Associate Company to the London venue.

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