Performing Arts, Theatre, and Dance Links
American Variety Stage
A multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theatre playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini.
New Deal Stage
This online presentation includes over 13,000 images of items selected from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress. Featured here are stage and costume designs, still photographs, posters, and scripts for productions of MacBeth and The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus as staged by Orson Welles, and for Power, a topical drama of the period (over 3,000 images). Also included are 68 other playscripts (6,500 images) and 168 documents selected from the Federal Theatre Project Administrative Records (3,700 images). The Federal Theatre Project was one of five arts-related projects established during the first term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt under the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
Performing Arts in America 1785-1923
A website of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Original documents, including photographs, recorded sound and film, from the Broadway theatre and Tin Pan Alley to the art of the individual performers and composers.
An English-language publication about the Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music as they are performed today. The name Didaskalia is taken from the inscriptions used to record the outcomes of drama and music festivals in Athens.
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Costume for Theatre and Dance
The Costume Page
For the benefit of those who study and/or make costumes: costumers, students, historical re-enactors, science fiction fans, professionals, amateurs, dancers, theatrical costumers, trick-or-treaters, writers, researchers, and all those interersted in fashion, textile art, and costume history. Patterns and instructions available through the site.
The Manifesto is an educational costume site for researching shows, school papers, and places to buy materials. It includes a full online college level course, History of Fashion and Dress. Useful if you want specific information about creating costumes from a particular period or type.
Rhode Island Resources in the Performing Arts
Voice of Dance
Exhaustive and well-organized gateway to the world of dance. Sections include dance education, dance performance, merchandise, dance services, and classes. A global dance directory is also part of the site. An excellent starting point for anything related to dance.
RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA)
Established in 1967, RISCA is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community.
ArtTix Rhode Island
A listing of cultural attractions, arts information, event listings, arts listings, and an online ticket agency for the entire state.
Provides dance information including performances, lessons, stores, and social dancing.
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