International touring theatre company Kneehigh return to Manchester with The
Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, playing at HOME, Tue 3 – Sat 7 April 2018.

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.

Kneehigh previously visiting HOME with Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) in September 2015, and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips in October 2016, and have recently been at The Lowry in Salford with Brief Encounter.

Presented by Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic, Emma Rice directs Marc Antolin as Chagall, and Daisy Maywood as Bella in Daniel Jamieson’s critically acclaimed and dazzling play, vividly drawn from the early life of this iconic artist.

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk ran to high acclaim at Bristol Old Vic in 2016 and has enjoyed sold-out runs at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London, the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, where it won the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honour at the Edinburgh festival fringe, and has recently played at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, California.

This revival traces the lives of the young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other, in a typically vigorous Kneehigh staging, woven throughout with live Klezmer music from Ian Ross and James Gow,inspired by the Russian Jewish folk 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 of people. 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.

Tue 3 Apr 2018 – 19.30 
Wed 4 Apr 2018 – 19.30
Thu 5 Apr 2018 – 14.00, 19.30
Fri 6 Apr 2018 – 19.30
Sat 7 Apr 2018 – 14.00 (Audio Described performance), 19.30
£10-£24 (concessions available).



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