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SIBMAS - SIBMAS - International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts

SIBMAS has the following aims:

  • to promote practical and theoretical research into the documentation of the performing arts,
  • to establish permanent international contacts between specialised libraries, archives, museums and documentation centres,
  • to coordinate the work of members and to facilitate international collaboration between them.


V&A's Theatre Collections

The V&A's Theatre Collections hold the UK's national collection of material about live performance in the UK since Shakespeare's day, covering drama, dance, musical theatre, circus, music hall, rock and pop, and other forms of live entertainment. Theatre and Performance galleries dedicated to the performing arts, display works of art, costumes, ephemera, video recordings, puppets, posters and photographs.


Rueetcirque is the digital library of circus and street performance. This portal gives access to thousands of online documents, such as pictures, videos, articles, posters, notices of books, studies and seminars. This project led by HorsLesMurs (the French archive center for circus and street performance) brings together several partners resources and receives support from the French Ministry of Culture.

InternationalTheatre Institute (ITI)

The purpose of the International Theatre Institute is to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts in order to consolidate peace and friendship between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding and increase creative co-operation between all people in the performing arts.

TheatreInformation Group (TIG)

The Theatre Information Group (TIG) provides a specialist network for those working with performing arts collections in the UK. TIG offers information, meetings and events. It encourages, and in some cases manages, collaborative projects.Membership is open to any institution or corporate body in the United Kingdom concerned with the acquisition, preservation, display and recording of material relating to any branch of the performing arts, and to all similarly interested individuals.The current members include the institutions responsible for much of the UK’s performing arts heritage; librarians working in drama schools, national museums and public libraries; archivists of theatre organisations; and publishers, specialist booksellers, private collectors and researchers.

European Theatre Research Network

In June 2007, the Department of Drama & Theatre Studies at Kent launched the European Theatre Research Network, which is greatly enhanced by the presence of renowned international scholar Professor Patrice Pavis.  Our premise is that European theatre is not a coherent formula of aesthetic and artistic practices but in fact a widespread landscape of many local contexts and discourses. We aim to investigate the way that experimentation and innovation happens across such contexts: from repertory theatres to avant-garde laboratory groups. We build on our combined research expertise in French and German repertory theatres, Grotowski's legacy and Polish theatre, the Commedia dell' Arte, Flemish experimental dance, and Catalan Theatre to explore theoretical and practical connections across performance and geospatial borders.


The European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts (ENICPA)

The European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts (ENICPA) aims to function as a meeting place for information and documentation organisations. The main goal of the network is to distribute and to make available a broad range of information about the professional performing arts to arts professionals world wide. On our web site you can find information about European festivals, venues, publications, training opportunities and information centres.


International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts

IETM is a membership organisation which exists to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment, by initiating and facilitating professional networking and communication, the dynamic exchange of information, know-how transfer and presentations of examples of good practice.




The Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE) - Library of Congress

The Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE) is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress. The PAE provides information about the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. Users can find digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; information on concerts at the Library; and a special Performing Arts Resource Guide which contains entries for hundreds of Library collections, Web sites, databases and exhibits.


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the worlds most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts--whether professional or amateur--the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs

The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive

The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is a collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata provided by scholars and educators in the field. The idea that Shakespeare is a global author has taken many forms since the building of the Globe playhouse. Our work honors the fact and demonstrates the diversity of the world-wide reception and production of Shakespeare’s plays in ways that we hope will nourish the remarkable array of new forms of cultural exchange that the digital age has made possible. Global Shakespeares is a participatory multi-centric networked model that offers wide access to international performances that are changing how we understand Shakespeare’s plays and the world. Global Shakespeares provides global, regional, and national portals to Shakespeare productions within a federated structure. As the archive grows, you will be able to view and study productions either in an environment focused on one area—ShakespearePerformanceinAsia is the first of these—or in the context of world-wide Shakespeare production. The archive is a work in progress and it is intended to promote cross-cultural understanding and serve as a core resource for students, teachers, and researchers.    


The EVIA Digital Archive

The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the joint efforts of ethnographic scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts. Beyond the primary mission of digitally preserving ethnographic field video, the EVIA Project has also invested significantly in the creation of software and systems for the annotation, discovery, playback, peer review, and scholarly publication of video and accompanying descriptions.
Collections in the EVIA Digital Archive Project represent also a diverse range of performance traditions from around the world. This list presents accepted collections that are in various stages of completion.

Harvard Theatre Collection

The Theatre Collection includes dance and musical theater as well as nearly all forms of drama and popular entertainment, such as circus, magic, puppetry, pageants, fairgrounds, minstrelsy, etc. The Theatre Collection's holdings include original art work, including portraits and scene and costume designs; printed playbills, programs, and posters; photographs; prints and engravings, including caricatures.

Theatre Collection holdings also include the entire collection of original Russian art work, which comprises approximately 650 theatrical designs and portraits. Most of these are associated with productions of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.



Performing Arts Heritage Special Interest Group (PASIG)

PASIG is distinguished by the involvement of a broad range of collecting institutions - Museums, libraries, archives, galleries and tertiary educational institutions at state and national levels come together in the interests of collecting, preserving and making accessible Australia's performing arts heritage.

PASIG is driven by an enthusiasm for Australia's performing arts that is inclusive of our unique indigenous heritage and our multicultural influences, as well as the traditions of English, European and American theatre.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, ABOUT

A unique institution at the heart of Melbourne's iconic meeting place, Federation Square, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) celebrates, explores and promotes the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms - film, television and digital culture.



NationalCentre for Performing Arts (NCPA)

Inaugurated in 1969, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, is India’s premier cultural institution. The first multi-venue, multi-purpose cultural centre to be built in South Asia, it has been committed since its inception to promoting and preserving the country’s rich and vibrant traditions in music, dance and theatre, as well as catalyzing new and innovative work in the field of the performing arts. With five modern theatres, a photography gallery and extensive archival and library facilities located in the heart of Mumbai’s downtown business district, the NCPA presents more than 500 events each year across all major art forms. It is recognized by artists, patrons and the media alike to be among Asia's foremost venues for the performing arts.

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