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Letter from the President

Dear SIBMAS member,

Even if it seems like only yesterday, it has been five months already since we met in London at our marvellous SIBMAS conference... READ MORE

News from the Members

McNay’s Tobin Fund Internship in Theatre Arts

An extraordinary opportunity for individuals with the equivalent of a US Masters Degree to work alongside the curator of the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts... READ ON

Petition in support of The Music and Theatre Library of Sweden

On 5 February the General Director of Statens musikverk announced punitive budget cuts to Sweden’s national music library, Musik/Teater Biblioteket, which involve the loss of 25% of its workforce... READ ON

You can lodge your protest by signing the petition by clicking here (swe).

Instruction in English: Where it says 'Namn' enter your name and in the box 'Stad/ort' enter town or city and country then for the Verifierungskod treat as you would any captcha code and enter in the box alongside, where it says 'Ange här' then click 'Skicka' or hit return. If you don't want your name to be displayed untick the box at the left.

Thank you very much for your support!

What's German about Hamlet?

On March 8th, a special project was launched for 2014, the forthcoming 450th birthday of William Shakespeare will bring together several German cultural and research institutions. On a two-day working session at the German Theater Museum in Munich the basic conditions for a common exhibition and education project were outlined... READ ON

Surfing the Web

New Website for the Société d'Histoire du Théâtre

The Société d’histoire du théâtre (SHT) has just created a new Website. Moreover, their magazine is now available in e-forms. The detailed summary of each number is available to everyone, however the full issue is only accessible to the subscribers. READ ON (fr)


Fiesta, Fête, Festival

Fiesta, Fête, Festival moves from San Antonio to Seville, Venice, Versailles, St. Petersburg, and other cities to celebrate some of the world’s great festivals. Scene and costume designs from the Tobin Collection reveal that San Antonio’s own Fiesta - from NIOSA and Charreada to the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo and Cornyation - belongs to a rich tradition of popular and court celebrations.. READ ON

Current Exhibitions at the McNay... click here

McNay Art Museum
January 16 - June 9, 2013
6000 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Tel. 210.824.5368

150th birth anniversary of Aleksandr Golovin

This year is the 150th birthday of the Great Russian artist and stage designer Aleksandr Yakovlevich Golovin (1863-1930). He designed productions for Sergei Diaghilev, Constantin Stanislavski, and Vsevolod Meyerhold. This new exhibit presented at the Saint Petersburg State Theater Library is a tribute to this legendary artist... READ ON (fr)

Commemorating Richard Wagners' Birthday

© Wilfried Hösl

The exhibition "Der Ring des Nibelungen" provides information about Richard Wagner's first intensive study of the Nibelungen myth. Stage and costume designs, stage models, staging and roll portraits present the way of the Munich performance history to date. In film clips and interviews the visitor can understand the productions of the Munich directors Günther Rennert, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Herbert Wernicke, David Alden and Andreas Kriegenburg... READ ON (ger)

Deutsches Theatermuseum (German Theatre Museum)
May 17 – October 20, 2013
D - 80539 München
Tel. 0049-89-210691 28

Peter Handke and the Theater

From ‘Offending the Audience’ (1966) to ‘Still a Storm’ (2011), Peter Handke has significantly influenced the German language theatre. On occasion of the author’s 70th birthday, the Austrian Theatre Museum offers detailed insights into the creation and appeal of his stage works. In more than twenty plays, Handke has developed his own new ‘epic theatre’ and a theory of ‘playing the truth’... READ ON (ger)

Österreichisches Theatermuseum (Austrian Theater Museum)
January 31 – July 8, 2013
1010 Vienna, Lobkowitzplatz
+43 1 525 24-3460

Dusseldorf in the limelight

The exhibition Düsseldorf: In the Limelight (Düsseldorf: Im Rampenlicht) is created against the background of the 725th anniversary of the city’s foundation in 1288 and will take the visitor on a time travel focusing on the history of the performing artist... READ ON

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf Theatermuseum
April 20 - November 10, 2013
Jägerhofstr. 1
DE-40479 Düsseldorf


The Amsterdam Stage in Picture: 1665-1772

This book comprises a series of fifteen Amsterdam Schouwburg set prints from the eighteenth century, accompanied by detailed discussions. Most of these prints have appeared individually in Dutch theatre histories or specialist studies and some of them in foreign theatre histories... READ ON

Setting the Scene. The Amsterdam Stage in Pictures 1665-1772
Wiebe Hogendoorn (author)
Hes & De Graaf Publishers
December 2012
ISBN 978 90 6194 551 2
Text in Dutch and English

Exhbition Catalog: "Der Ring des Nibelungen"

Birgit Pargner (Author)
Henschel Publisher
Available on May 31 2013 at Amazon
ISBN: 3894877383
Text in German


Symposium at Musée Gadagne: Politically Incorrect

Contrary to the popular view that the puppet is essentially dissident and subversive, during the course of history, the puppet has very often been a fantastic tool for propaganda, an object manipulated in order in turn to manipulate minds, spreading education, values and ideologies... READ ON

Musée Gadagne
15 April 2013
1 place du petit Collège
69005 Lyon
To reserve please call: 04 37 23 60 46
Free entrance

Distinguished Lecture in Theatre Arts by Sir Roy Strong

A leading expert in royal festivals and celebrations... His talk focuses on the evolution of coronations and concides with the exhibition, which celebrates courtly and popular spectacles... READ ON

McNay Art Museum (Chiego Lecture Hall)
Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm
6000 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Reserve space by e-mailing education@mcnayart.org or calling 210.805.1768. Registration deadline: April 11, noon.

Call for Paper

The Performing Arts Department of the BnF, the Historical Society of Theatre (SHT) and the Theatre Laboratory of The University of Rennes 2 are launching a research program around 'Theater Histories in Oblivion', which will question the practices of writing in theater history and the practices of archivistics… READ ON (fr)