BIRD DANCER - HAMLET 1927
Edward Gordon Craig (1872 – 1966)
- 15.9 X 10.2 CM
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These ‘black figures’ originated as wooden cutouts, carried around in Craig’s pocket and used on a model stage to direct the Russian actors of Stanislavski’s troupe as to how the action of Hamlet should unfold. Only later were the Hamlet figures inked and printed, and with others especially cut, published in the Cranach edition of the play in 1927.
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- Finland, Helsinki, Konsthall