KNEEHIGH AND BRISTOL OLD VIC
WRITTEN BY DANIEL JAMIESON
DIRECTED BY EMMA RICE
Holding on to hope, to history, and to each other
Perhaps you’ve seen them floating over a Russian village?
Or perhaps you’ve seen her toppling forward, arms full of wild flowers,
As he arches above her head and steals a kiss.
Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall—the flying lovers of Vitebsk—are immortalized as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Cornish theater company Kneehigh, whose Tristan and Yseult had a sold-out run at the Festival in 2006, brings its signature blend of original music, whimsical charm, and utterly mesmerizing theatrical magic back to Charleston. This “gloriously romantic” (The Times) winner of the 2017 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award traces the young couple as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Emma Rice’s production is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall’s painting and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by Russian Jewish tradition.