Where do I find research materials for 1905 Russian Jews
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roof fiddler is a nifty painting where this huge village fiddler is floating over a miniature village, with his feet on the tiny houses. That painting is where the writers got the title of the musical and the song. It would be completely amazing to an audience to see somebody do the "Sunday in the Park With George" routine with the costumes and sets, with a main rag formed of a painted drop of the fiddler painting, pulling up to reveal cutout houses in his painting style. One could even do the costumes in the cubistic-simplified style he renders Rabbis, villagers, musicians etc. It would spare one making every detail, and would mainly require fabric paint. Go to a library and look up Marc Chagall, and dig through the parts on his early works for material. That is my best advice.
Now for general Russian costume of the time I have lots of resources: "Photographs For The Tsar"," Before the Revolution", and "In the Russian Style" all have good bits, especially the second book. I'll look for more when I can, but the Chagall will do you best for the interim, and may give you design ideas as well as research material. -- ---Tara | valign="top" |Google |- | align="left" valign="top" |
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