2012 SIBMAS Conference in London

Please note that the 2012 SIBMAS conference in Austin Texas which was scheduled to take place next summer has now been cancelled.  In its place, there will be a 2-day conference in London, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, on October 25th and 26th 2012.  A full update and further details will be published in the next eNewsletter.

Theatre Collections: Indexing - Presentation - Research

Theatre Collections: Indexing - Presentation - Research
Date: 1.-3. 10. 2012
Hosted by: Don Juan Archiv Wien, Wienbibliothek im Rathaus, Österreichisches Theatermuseum
Languages: German / English
Organized by: Dr. Matthias J. Pernerstorfer


Lectures at the APGRD

The APGRD (Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama) is a research project based in the Classics Centre at the University of Oxford. It investigates the performance of ancient texts in any medium and any period, from Greek tragedy to Roman epic, from stage to screen, from antiquity to the present day.

Upcoming Events 2012

A Retrospective of the International Theatre Exchange 2011

ITI’s flagship networking event International Theatre Exchange took place from October 6-8. Over three days 40 presenters and producers from key venues and festivals across the world including Hong Kong, Tasmania, Sydney, South Africa, Czech Republic, Germany, Paris, New York, Washington, Toronto and the UK met with and saw the work of Irish theatre-makers. We looked at the subject of 'Sustainability in the Theatre'... READ ON

ITE 2011 Live Stream

International Scientific Congress at the Russian State Art Library

The Russian State Art Library invites you to participate in the International Scientific Congress devoted to problems of documenting the theatrical heritage, including the destiny of libraries, archives of theaters, history of theatre set design, and other aspect of the problem. The Congress will be held in November of 2012 and will be organized jointly with the Russian Institute of the History of Arts, State Institute of Art Studies, Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum. A special session of the Congress will be devoted to specialized theatrical libraries. Please consider intentional and economic issues in planning your work in 2012. READ ON

Russian State Art Library
Tel./fax (495)692-06-53

Lectures on performing arts at the BNF

Subscribe to a series of lectures on performing arts at the National Library of France (BNF). The lectures are offered by the Conservators of the BNF. They are intended for everyone and they are supplemented by visits to departmental collections. READ ON

Free entrance on reservation tel. 01 53 79 49 49


Holistic Shakespeare

An Experiential Learning Approach
Debra Charlton (Author)

Shakespeare’s plays are staples of the classroom. Yet too often they are taught as antiquated works of literature with little reference to their theatrical life and enduring human themes. Applying the methodologies of the holistic education model to the study of four Shakespearean plays— Othello, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Measure for Measure—Holistic Shakespeare offers lively theater-based activities to complement traditional analytical exercises. In keeping with the aims of holistic education, each play is studied in relation to a particular social or ethical topic addressed in the
work. READ ON

Le rythme primordial et souverain

Fernand Schirren (Author)
A Contredanse reprint
(Original text in French)

Musician, composer, percussionist, professor of Rhythm Studies, the one who trained generations of dancers delivers his teaching in this book with a text filled with poetry and philosophy. Schirren remains an outstanding leading figure of the performing arts field in Belgium and beyond. He passed away in Brussels in August 2001. READ ON

Robert Wilson from Within

Marina Abramovic (Author)

We are happy to announce
that the long-awaited book Robert Wilson from Within, published by the Arts Arena, was presented in the last week of September in New York—to rave reviews---at PS1 MoMA, LIVE from the New York Public Library, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The book is now available worldwide in English and in a French edition, co-published by the Arts Arena and Flammarion... READ ON


When the Curtain Falls (Wenn der Vorhang fällt )

Deutsches Theatermuseum Munchen
When the Curtain Falls / Wenn der Vorhang fallt
October 13, 2011 -January 8, 2012

As an actress Margarita Broich is one of the big names, but it may come as a surprise to many that she is also a photographer. For the first time the Martin-Gropius-Bau is showing an exhibition of her work consisting of over 60 portraits of her fellow artists, including Ben Becker, Kate Winslet, Veronika Ferres, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Christoph Schlingensief, Thomas Quasthoff and many more. Margarita Broich has captured those fleeting moments when the actor sheds the role in the intervals or a few minutes after the end of a performance...

Bristol now home to one of the world’s largest theatre archives

University of Bristol celebrates the arrival of the Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection

The world-renowned Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection (M&M), recently donated to the University of Bristol, has been safely relocated to its new home in the University’s Theatre Collection.  This exciting acquisition, which ensures the long term future of the M&M Collection in its entirety, has created one of the world’s largest theatre collections dedicated to British theatre history. READ ON

More on the University of Bristol Theatre Collection

L'Art du paradoxe

Current exhibition at the Puppets of the World Museum

After several years of renovation, Gadagne has reopened its doors to the world puppets museum with an exhibition on traditional puppets and popular heroes. A cyclical museum, the world puppets museum invites visitors to explore a new theme every two years. READ ON

Read more about the World Puppets Museum

Jacob-William fund: Discover circus bears!

Company / Artist(s) : Jacob-William Fund
Place : Espace BOHU (La Tohu)
Date(s) : Nov. 21, 2011 to Jan. 9, 2012

Bears have often been close
to circus people. Whether they were in centre stage, in all kind of numbers, or just poster heroes, they have been a big part in circus history. Posters, stencils and magnificent scuptures, all taken the from Jacob-William fund, will take you into the adventures of white, black and multicolored! READ ON

Exhbitions presented at the Theatermuseum Düsseldorf until March 2012

Theatre Museum Düsseldorf,
Jägerhofstaße 1 (in the Hofgarten)
40479 Düsseldorf
Tel.: 0211/ 8994660

Between Masquerade and Theatre Reform
Theatre and Visual Arts in the 19th Century
(Until March 11th 2012)

When theatre developed into a mass media in 19th century Germany, it became a popular subject for the visual and graphic arts, like for the members of the renowned Düsseldorfer Malerschule (the Düsseldorf School of Painting). Local theatre reformers like Johann Gottfried Wohlbrück or Karl Immermann liaise with members of the group to achieve a higher standard of visual illusion on stage...

Adored – Persecuted – Forgotten: Joachim Gottschalk (1904-1941)
An exhibition by the Herbert-Ihering-Society
(Until March 11th 2012)

On the night of November 6th 1941 the popular theatre and film actor Joachim Gottschalk, his Jewish wife and their 8 year old son Michael committed suicide. The constant pressure that was imposed on him by the department of propaganda and their demand to break up with his family caused this despaired act..

On stage: Alice in Wonderland
Studio-exhibition for children
(Until August 19th 2012)

Since its publication in 1865 “Alice in Wonderland” is one of the most popular children books of all time. Almost at the same time theatres all over the world started to put the story onto stage...

To learn more about present and upcoming exhibitions click here


Museu Nacional do Teatro (Portugal)

The library of the National Theater Museum of Portugal (MNT) has recently inaugurated its online catalog. You can now search across the most important performing arts library in this country, with over 35.000 monographs and circa 600 titles of periodicals. READ ON

To access the catalog click here!

La Grange Database Now Online!

Discover the rich collections of the Comédie-Française online by clicking HERE.

Harlequin - The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF) now on Facebook

Harlequin makes you discover -or rediscover- the Performing Arts Collections of the BnF through Facebook now!