Places are filling up quickly for the SIBMAS 2012 conference in London.  A full programme, booking instructions and other information can be seen on the conference website.

Delegates who have registered will soon be invited to reserve places on the optional tours planned for the afternoon of Wednesday October 24th, when they can choose from a range of major London performing arts collections and venues, including the Royal Opera House, the archive of the National Theatre, the Prince Edward Theatre, and the V&A's own Theatre & Performance Collections.

Invitation to the General Assembly
You are invited to attend the General Assembly of SIBMAS to be held in London on Friday October 26th at 12h30pm, during the XXIXth SIBMAS Conference.

Agenda General Assembly

October 25th - 26th 2012
Victoria & Albert Museum

International Scientific Congress at the Russian State Art Library in November

The RSAL with the participation of the Russian Institute for the History of Arts will hold an International scientific conference on “Documenting of the Theatre Heritage” on November 26-29 2012... READ ON

Recent News

Welcome to the new SIBMAS directory!

Thank you for filling the included form with the info about your institution prior to November 30th 2012.  The information collected in the new directory will be available through the new Web Site in early 2013.

Structuration of the Research and Documentation Pole at the IIM

More than ever, the range of activities makes the Institut International de la Marionnette (IIM) the outstanding pole for the arts of puppetry in Europe.... 
The mission of the Research and Documentation pole is to coordinate documentation, heritage, scientific, and publishing activities of the IIM both locally and on the Internet in close cooperation with a network of heritage, documentation, creation and research institutions. READ ON (fr)

News from Contredanse

Contredanse will participate (September 30) in a public talk on publishing into the world of professional dance at festival IMPRéVU (fr). Take a look at the program (fr).

Available in October:

  • The next issue of NDD Magazine including an article on Ideokinesis, + another one dedicated on subsidies granted to the world of dance in Europe and, of course, all the recent news on the actuality of dance;
  • The publication of the French version of The Thinking Body by Mabel Todd, known as the founder of what later came to be known as Ideokinesis READ ON;


Vertige du corps. Etienne Bertrand Weill's photography at the BnF

Etienne Bertrand Weill’s work (1919-2001) illustrates the fruitful encounter between photography and the performing arts in the second half of the 20th century. Immediatly after World War II, looking for new forms of expression, Weill moved about in Paris’s impassionate avant-garde art scene. READ ON

September 16th - November 18th 2012
François-Mitterrand Library
Quai François-Mauriac
75706 Paris Cedex 13

The work of Etienne Bertrand Weill

Part of video-reconstitution found on YouTube of a concert-performances on Trio number 10 in E flat (Beethoven) created by Etienne Bertrand WEILL (1919 - 2001).

Frederick Kiesler, Architect and Visionary Theatre Designer at the Austrian Theatre Museum

Throughout his life, Frederick J. Kiesler - who died in New York in 1965 - was the art scene’s insider’s tip.  Today he is regarded as one of the visionary artists of the 20th century, with an assured place in the art-historical canon... READ ON (en)  (de)

October 25, 2012 – February 25,  2013
Austrian Theatre Museum
Palais Lobkowitz, Lobkowitzplatz 2, Vienna I
daily except Tuesdays 10 am – 6 pm

Surfing the Web

Classical Theatre in its Documents

In this video the DICAT (sp) research group offers the historical context in which the first companies of professional actors appeared and consolidated in Spain.  It shows different types of documents that are used to reconstruct their activity: it is a rich patrimony that is the basis of the work done by this research group of the University of Valencia


A Second Publication on the Collections of the Teatro Comunale Florence

I Disegni Del Teatro Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Inventario II. (1943-1953)
Moreno Bucci (Author)
Casa Editrice Leo S. Olschki s.r.l.
ISBN: 978 88 222 6167 0
Text in Italian

This is the second volume (1943-1953) of the Inventory of Drawings from the Teatro costume and set designs archive... 

Learn more about the first volume Inventario I (1933-1943) published in 2010 by the same author.

A Cultural History of Dance (1870-1945)

L’Éveil des modernités. Une histoire culturelle de la danse (1870-1945)
Annie Suquet (Author)
Centre national de la danse
August 2012
ISBN: 978-2-914124-45-4
Text in French

Based on the the most recent international dance research, this book tells a complex and fascinating story. It shows how choreographic works originate in cultural and social contexts. It also cross examines the study of bodily practices with the analysis of aesthetic and political issues arising from this evolving art. READ ON

Majesty and Illusion: Inside the Mighty Wurlitzer

Majesty and Illusion: Inside the Mighty Wurlitzer
ConstellationCenter (Author)
August 2012
ISBN: 978-0983653615
Text in English

The ConstellationCenter is proud to present its third book, "Majesty and Illusion: Inside the Mighty Wurlitzer" which documents the unexpected grace and beauty of a theater organ's motors, blowers, and pipes in stunning photographs. READ ON

Available soon the latest number of the “Études théâtrales”

The 53rd number of the magazine “Études théâtrales” entitled “What’s scenography? Process and words from scenographers” showcases twenty two renowned scenographers from Belgium, France, and Portugal. This year theme aims to shed light on what could be considered as the foundation of theatre -scenography- and to explore its language, its challenges, and, moreover, to pay tribute to scenographers. READ ON (fr)