Inspired by the dreamlike paintings of Marc Chagall, this work by Artistic Director Joanna Haigood used aerial dance, colorful design, and music to evoke the essential elements of Chagall's art. The elements ranged from fractured images reminiscent of Cubism, to particular characters that recur in the paintings, to the altered state that his images can convey, a state outside time and space.
Marc Chagall, a Russian-born painter and designer, created a genre virtually his own in the early and mid-twentieth century. His lively, highly imaginative renderings of life experiences display a rich, poetic, dreamlike sense of fantasy and color. He approaches his subjects with a warm and generous sense of humor, while expressing a profound connection to the spiritual.
This work was created with support from San Francisco Grants for the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.