The View From Here
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.
Created in 2002

Choreography and Direction: Joanna Haigood
Scenic and Rigging Designer: Wayne Campbell
Associate Director: Jeff Raz
Lighting: Alexander Nichols and Allen Wilner
Music: Zachary Carrettin
Rigging Team: Wayne Campbell, Sean Riley

Performing Artists: Ramon Ramos Alayo, Alex Allen, Paul Benney, Ann Berman, Tristan Cunningham, Jo Kreiter, Suzanne Gallo, Calvin Kai Ku, Sheila Lopez, Adonis Martin, Wendy Parkman, Danielle Sexton, Sonya Smith, Shakiri, Helen Wicks along with Michaela Pynor-Haas, Ellie Rossi, Lillian Ferreira, Eli van der Rijn, Caroline Clendenin, Jessica Wright, Julie Rogers, Azraa Muhammad, Aryssa Muhammad, Pablo Lopez, Linda Muhammad, Kyziah Shavers, Malia Hillyard-Chow, Simone Edwards, Miles Toth, Liza Sternik, Chante Bianca Shoenherz, Trishna Horvath, José Maria Francos, Sophia Marzocchi, Nicholas X-G Collins, Julie Oppenheimer, Allison MacDonald, Ryan Buschell, Shannon Hovis, Mikko Gervais, Miles Tune, Julie LaRose, Carmen Rosestraten

Performed at Theater Artaud (currently Z Space) and Zaccho Studio, San Francisco