NYU Skirball co-presents the digital tour of Daniel Jamieson’s “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk,” a play with music and dance directed by Emma Rice, on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 pm EST (available for streaming through December 18). Co-produced by Bristol Old Vic, Kneehigh and Wise Children with support from The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation, the play will be performed at the UK’s Bristol Old Vic in front of a live audience and streamed on demand to audiences around the globe. The actors and creative team will form a social bubble in Bristol ahead of their run, allowing them to mount the piece without social distancing.
Inspired by the work of Marc Chagall — which includes the painting “Bouquet With Flying Lovers” — the play is set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution and chronicles Chagall’s relationship with his wife, Bella, as they navigate the turbulent world of Russian pogroms, revolution and romance. Emma Rice’s production is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall’s paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by Russian Jewish tradition. It captures the vibrancy of Jewish culture in the vanishing world of early 20th century Europe. FLOV video link The play features Marc Antolin (Marc Chagall) and Audrey Brisson (Bella Chagall), joined by a live band. It is written by Daniel Jamieson with direction by Emma Rice and music by Ian Ross. Set and costume design is by Sophia Clist, lighting design is by Malcolm Rippeth, with choreography by Etta Murfitt and sound design by Simon Baker. Co-produced by Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, The Flying Lovers of Vitebskwon the 2017 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. It was the last show Emma Rice made as Artistic Director of Kneehigh before setting up her own company, Wise Children, and went on to enjoy UK and international tours. These companies are now reuniting to collaborate and remount the award-winning show for both screen and stage, performed live from where it opened four years ago at the Bristol Old Vic.