Review: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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First published in The Times, Friday August 18 2017

Four Stars

The painter Marc Chagall often depicted himself and his first wife, Bella Rosenfeld, as lovers floating through the air. An equally poignant image is that of Bella “with white collar” as a giant standing over a pastoral landscape. Chagall would outlive his great love by some 40 years, but her vitality and quiet strength would loom large in his work until he died.

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Review: balletLORENT’s Snow White – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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First published in The Times, Thursday January 28 2015

Four Stars

So you think you know the story of Snow White? Think again. The second in a trilogy of fairy tale adaptations by the Newcastle-based dance company balletLORENT – following Rapunzel in 2013 is notably darker than most family shows, with choreographer Liv Lorent and writer Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate, gleefully restoring the teeth and claws drawn by the likes of Disney.

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