★★★★★ “This is theatre to make the heart soar and the soul sing: inventive, playful, joyous, sexy, a bit crazy and entirely heart-rending.” – What’s On Stage
★★★★ “Gorgeous touring production of Emma Rice’s intimate and moving exploration of art and love.” – The Stage
★★★★ “Gloriously romantic” – The Times
★★★★ “Deeply personal and deeply felt… a whirl of colour and surreal humour.” – The Guardian
★★★★ “Wraps you in the soaring giddiness and deep solace of overwhelming love.” – Financial Times
★★★★★ “A riot of colour, filled with music and movement that eagerly brings the couple to life in front of your eyes; a vision of expressionism in many glorious forms.” – Broadway World
★★★★ “A visual gem… Kneehigh’s typically high-octane approach evokes the challenges facing an artist.” – The Stage
★★★★ “The love, marriage and perpetual journeys of artist Marc Chagall and the writer Bella Rosenfeld are celebrated with grace and affection.” – Culturewhisper
★★★★ “Kneehigh’s unabashedly romantic, totally adorable play.” – Time Out
★★★★★ “An unforgettable flight of imagination.” – Jewish Renaissance Magazine
★★★★ “Captivating, in both visual and emotional terms.” – The Herald
“Like Chagall’s paintings it is predominantly joyful: loving, happy memories and it is delightful to be allowed to share them in this way.” – British Theatre Guide
“Enchanting.” – Los Angeles Times
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 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.
Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this 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 paintings, and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by Russian Jewish tradition.