World Scenography

Book Series: World Scenographies World Scenography is a book series that documents significant contemporary theatrical design worldwide since 1975. It is an official project of OISTAT, the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians. The international editorial team for World Scenography is led by co-editors Peter McKinnon (Canada) and Eric Fielding (USA). The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute has been involved in the project since 2010. There has been no comprehensive documentation of global scenography since the four-volume series Stage Design Throughout the World, by Belgian professor René Hainaux, covered the period 1935–1975. This new series will cover the periods of 1975–1990, 1990–2005, and 2005–2015 respectively. The first volume was launched at the USITT Conference in Long Beach, California, in March 2012 and in 2014 it received the USITT’s Golden Pen Award. More information about the project at: www.worldscenography.org...

Database on Finnish circus

CircusInfo Finland maintains an online database (Sirkka) containing data on Finnish circus companies, artists and shows. You can search the database looking for e.g. jugglers or circus teachers listed. The Sirkka database was opened on the website of CircusInfo Finland in 2008. Circus professionals can update the data themselves, both in Finnish and in English. The database is linked with the performance calendar and the Shows and Artsis section on CircusInfo Finland’s site. The database is available at sirkusinfo.fi/en/circus-in-finland/sirkka-database/...

Virtual Study

Virtual Study represents the culmination of the Theatre Institute’s prior work in the area of digitising and establishing databases of its collections. Virtual Study is founded on two large databases—the Verbis database by the KP-SYS company (used by the Library and Bibliography Department) and the Divadlo database developed for the Information and Documents Department (theatre productions, video library, theatre events, key figures, stage plays). The related databases (photographs, scenography) provide direct access to digitised items. The electronic processing of our collections received significant support from several grant projects. The most significant achievement in this area was the complete inclusion of information on Czech theatre productions since 1945 and the digitisation of nearly 180,000 images from our documentary collection, performed in 2008-2011 as part of the project ‘Preserving and Presenting the Cultural Heritage of Czech and World Theatre’, which was made possible by a grant from Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Virtual Study provides comprehensive access to information and the digitised resources in our databases. These include a library catalogue with a research module and user account administration tool, an extensive bibliographic database of articles linked to the full texts of articles (accessible only via the Institute’s internal network), a video library, a database of Czech theatre productions since 1945, a database of theatre photographs containing 198,202 digitised images, and a database of scenographic items and documentation containing copies of 21,367 stage and costume designs. In the process of digitising our collections and making them publicly accessible, we made sure to observe the provisions of Act No. 121/2000 on copyright protection. For this reason, some digitised materials cannot be made available via the internet, but are available to registered researchers for study purposes at the offices of the Arts and Theatre Institute. This mainly concerns digitised items published after 1900, some designs in the scenographic collection, and photographs for which we were unable to obtain publishing permission from the copyright holders. These items are labelled accordingly on the internet. Anyone interested in studying these materials may do so in the study rooms of the ATI. Resources accessible via Virtual Study: Library Audio Library Video Library Bibliography Theatre Productions Scenography Theatre Photographs Theatre Events   Other electronic resources of the Theatre Institute EUTA – European Theatre Architecture – Online multilingual encyclopaedia of theatres Historical Theatre Bibliography 1851-1989 – digitised card catalogue Česká divadelní encyklopedie – German theatre in the Czech lands, biographic entries PQ Archive – Digitised archive of every edition of the Prague Quadrennial Czech Theatre Premieres Festivals in the Czech Republic Directory of Theatres and Theatre Institutions Project coordinator: Ondřej Svoboda, ondrej.svoboda(at)divadlo.cz, +420 224 809 164...

Flanders Arts Institute

Flanders Arts Institute

Flanders Arts Institut Flanders Arts Institute supports and stimulates the development of the arts and policy. The organisation is active in three main areas. Analysis & research of the arts landscapeThe organisation collects, analyses and publishes data on the arts and policy by consulting with all parties concerned, an active involvement in the field of action, and research into the artistic ecosystem in Belgium and abroad. Support for artists and organisationsThe organisation supports the development of artists and art organisations through knowledge sharing and support on the basis of analysis and research results and with a helicopter vision of the entire artistic ecosystem. Flanders Arts Institute releases publications and presentations, organises information sessions and provides individual advice focused on topical themes and on the sustainable long-term development of the artistic practice. Internationalisation of the artsFlanders Arts Institute supports internationalisation in the arts. The organisation stimulates artists and organisations to engage in and maintain international relations by organising visitor and exchange programmes and the organisation of spotlights on Flanders abroad. Flanders Arts Institute Ravensteingalerij 38 1000 Brussels Belgium https://www.kunsten.be/ Contacts Tom Ruette, Head of Information & Data tom@kunsten.be...

Digital Archive of Performing Arts in Andalusia

In this database we are collecting, cataloguing and preserving the documentation that is to be the graphic memory of theatre and dance in Andalusia. Programmes, posters, photographs (prints and negatives), press cuttings, costume and set designs… are systematically digitalized and catalogued in our electronic archive (AEI) that holds over 130.000 images from the beginning of the XXth century till today. In near future, it will be available online. State of the project: in progress, started in 1992...

Filming Plan of the “Centro de investigación y recursos de las artes escénicas de Andalucía” (CIRAE)

The filming plan aims to record all main events such as professional theatre and dance performances, workshops, festivals… in our region providing a double service both to the companies, who get a free videotape of their work, and to the centre that, being the producer of the videos, has the copyright of these materials. Currently holding over 7,065 video recordings in all formats: beta, vhs, betacam, 8 mm, and in digital mini dv format. State of the project: in progress, started in 1999....