I have something a little different for my readers today. A different kind of art than I am used to writing about on this blog. The beauty I am about to write about was not on view inside a gallery or museum, but a theatre on the South Bank under candlelight – the stunning Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – a dramatised production celebrating the life of Marc Chagall and his wife Bella.
Chagall has long been a mystery to me. I have always loved his magical paintings, but I have never known anything about him. This play at the charming Sam Wanamaker theatre at the Globe not only enlightens the viewer about Chagall, but also his greatest love, his first wife Bella and the town in which they met and fell in love.
As well as being a celebration of the couple’s love the production and a history of how their adoration for each other saw them battle the struggles faced against them as a Jewish couple in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, but it is also a visual display of Chagall’s art. The stage is lit with fabulous purple, blue and green lighting that mirrors Chagall’s famous canvases and Marc Antolin and Audrey Brisson move across the stage with the dreamlike movements that mirror the artist’s visual portrayal of the couple in his paintings.
Antolin and Brisson make the perfect pair, acting, singing and dancing magically across the stage. The story is heartwarmingly sweet, even in death the play ends with a smile.
The production runs until July 2 and if there are still tickets left then I urge you to buy them, I could not recommend it more strongly! It is also touring Southampton and Cornwall.