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Woodlawn Cemetery Tour

July 24th, 2014 | Events

Last month, a small enthusiastic group enjoyed a tour of Woodlawn Cemetery. Our fabulous guide, Susan Olsen, historian for Woodlawn, walked us past numerous memorials for performing artists interred at Woodlawn. Here is what Dan Venning had to say about the day!   On Saturday, June 21, a beautiful sunny day, a small TLA group […]

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Book Review: The Octoroon

July 14th, 2014 | Book/Media Reviews

The Octoroon: The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Edition (Broadview Editions) Boucicault, Dion Edited by Sarika Bose Calgary, Canada: Broadview Press, 2014 ISBN: 9781554812110 138 pp.   Dion Boucicault’s romantic melodrama, adapted from the 1856 Thomas Mayne Reid novel The Quadroon, opened on December 6, 1859 at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre.  In the over […]

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Book Review: The Group Theatre

July 14th, 2014 | Book/Media Reviews

The Group Theatre: Passion, Politics, Performance in the Depression Era Chinoy, Helen Krich Edited by Don B. Wilmeth and Milly S. Barranger New York:  Palgrave MacMillan, 2013 ISBN: 9781137294593 283 pp.   The Group Theatre is the posthumous publication and culmination of author Helen Krich Chinoy’s lifelong dedication to the history of this landmark American theatre […]

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SIBMAS-TLA Conference: New Paradigms in Performance Documentation Working Session

July 14th, 2014 | Conferences, Digital Humanities, Events, Related Organizations, SIBMAS

TLA’s own Laurie Murphy of New York University convened one of the two final working sessions of the conference. New Paradigms in Performance Documentation consisted of a wonderful group of presentations, each focusing upon a unique performance documentation project. While the presentations were devoted to very diverse projects, together they provided insight into the common challenges […]

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SIBMAS-TLA Conference: Six Presentations in Sixty Minutes

July 14th, 2014 | Conferences, Events, Related Organizations, SIBMAS

Exhibition Papers at the SIBMAS-TLA Conference   The Exhibition Papers, presented after lunch on Friday, were varied and informative. Chaired by Susan Cole of the Constellation Center, Cambridge, this session consisted of a “lightning round” of 10-minute presentations that introduced a number of projects and initiatives being undertaken by repositories around the world. Presentations included: […]

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SIBMAS-TLA Conference: Sizing Up Day Three

July 11th, 2014 | Conferences, Events, Related Organizations, SIBMAS

Keynote Marvin Taylor from the Fales Library at NYU evoked the work of theorists Ann Cvetkovich (An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures) and Diana Taylor (The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas) ) to frame his discussion, focusing on aspects of NYU’s Downtown Collection which features work by […]

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SIBMAS-TLA Conference: Nic Leonhardt Keynote

July 10th, 2014 | Conferences, Digital Humanities, Events, Related Organizations, SIBMAS

I knew when the morning began with Daft Punk’s “Technologic” we were in for an interesting session. Thursday marked the SIBMAS-TLA conference’s session dedicated to Digital Humanities and the Performing Arts, hosting an interesting array of case studies, projections, and vendor perspectives on what Digital Humanities means and where libraries lie in the discipline.   […]

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SIBMAS-TLA Conference: Digital Humanities

July 10th, 2014 | Conferences, Digital Humanities, Events, Related Organizations, SIBMAS

With such a contentious debate still brewing over what exactly digital humanities means, the plenary session at the SIBMAS-TLA conference provided the perfect smorgasbord of innovative projects that are seeking to not only define the movement, but challenge and push it into new spheres. The session opened with a joint presentation from Agathe Sanjuan of […]

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SIBMAS-TLA Conference: Working Session One

July 9th, 2014 | Conferences, Events, Related Organizations, SIBMAS

Working Session I:  Revealing the Unseen:  Reflections on Dance, Documentation, and Ontology Chair: Leahkim Gannett, University of California, Santa Barbara     The Digital Archiving of the Dance Rehearsal Process in Siobhan Davies’ RePlay: Sharing Hidden Knowledge Sarah Whatley, Coventry University, Coventry   Ms. Whatley discussed creation of the archive of the work of Siobhan […]

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SIBMAS-TLA Conference: Report from the Field, Part 2

July 9th, 2014 | Conferences, Events, Related Organizations, SIBMAS

Poetry in Motion: Dance and Movement Arts With just a brief break for more breakfast foods and coffee, we piled back into the lecture hall for the first plenary session. Guided by Nena Couch from Ohio State University, we heard four presentations on work begin done to preserve, exhibit, and re-create dance works. Libby Smigel […]

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