Siobhan Davies Dance Online

Lead Research Organisation: Coventry University
Department Name: Art and Design

Abstract

The Siobhan Davies Dance Online project will provide an online, searchable digital archive of recorded performances, photographic and textual materials relating to the Siobhan Davies Dance Company. The archive will be of value to the research community at all levels and across different arts disciplines, but particularly the dance research community. The archive will comprise a mix of primary resource material, scholarly accounts and some original analytic commentaries created from the collected materials and organised specifically for the archive.

Siobhan Davies has been a leading dance exponent since the 1970s, having had a significant role in the development of British contemporary dance, and Siobhan Davies Dance Company is now one of Britain's leading dance companies, enjoying widespread recognition and critical acclaim. The lack of access to the body of collected works by the Company constitutes a serious and on-going limitation to the development of academic and artistic discourse around contemporary dance. The archive will not only preserve many valuable materials that are vulnerable in their current state through the process of collation and digitisation, but will also provide unprecedented access to Davies' work in a way that has not been possible before. The archive will therefore significantly enhance the quality, range and availability of materials to researchers in the dance and related fields.

The development of a digital archive is fully in keeping with the Company's commitment to take dance to a wider community, not only making more readily available the choreographic work but also providing the means to develop new and alternative ways of interpreting the language of dance. Davies is committed to the research process as a choreographer and recognises the need to enhance access to the body of work relating to the Company and the value this will have in improving the profile of dance as a researchable and respectable academic discipline. Both Siobhan Davies and the Company fully support the project and are committed to making the resources in their ownership available to be included in the archive and assisting with the development of new resources where required (for example, interview material, critical analyses etc.).

By the end of 2005, the Company will take up residence in their new permanent home in Southwark, South London. The building will provide the Company with a production and administration base. The Company considers the digital archive project as an important addition to this new phase of work, it will complement the physical building base of the Company and the role of the building in providing access to many different levels and forms of contemporary dance, including as a centre for dance practitioners and researchers.

Beneficiaries of the project will include dance historians, researchers in the field of sociology and dance, dance practitioners, dance educators, researchers in community arts and students. Additionally, the project will provide opportunities to investigate the most effective digitisation methods for the preservation and presentation of disparate and varied dance materials, which can have wider impact within research communities. The project will be led by Dr Sarah Whatley, Head of Department, and Performing Arts at Coventry University, who has conducted research into the contribution of Siobhan Davies to British contemporary dance. Positioned within the University's Centre for Media, Arts and Performance, under the direction of Professor Karen Ross, the project will make a major contribution to the Centre's strategy for applied research as well as enhancing the interface between academic and practitioner communities.

Publications

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Bremser, Martha; Sanders, Lorna; Bramley, Ian; Jowitt, Deborah (2009) Fifty Contemporary Choreographers

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Whatley S (2009) Born digital; dance in the digital age in International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media

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Whatley S (2013) Siobhan Davies RePlay: (Re)visiting the digital archive in International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media

 
Description Choreographic Objects; Traces and Artefacts of Physical Intelligence
Amount £15 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/G000840/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2008 
End 10/2010
 
Description Choreographic Objects; Traces and Artefacts of Physical Intelligence
Amount £15 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/G000840/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2008 
End 10/2010
 
Description D-TRACES
Amount £50 (GBP)
Organisation Jisc 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 03/2011
 
Description D-TRACES
Amount £50 (GBP)
Organisation Jisc 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 03/2011
 
Description Digital Dance Archives
Amount £300 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2010 
End 07/2011
 
Description Digital Dance Archives
Amount £300 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2010 
End 12/2010
 
Title The database is a comprehensive catalogue of digital dance objects created by the development of a metadata standard for dance 
Description  
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
 
Description Dance Inscriptions in Real and Virtual Spaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A guest talk as part of the University of Surrey's research seminar series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Digital Dance: Siobhan Davies RePlay 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A presentation that considered the impact of digital archives on dance practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Digital Echoes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact An annual symposium that brings together experts in developing digital archives in performance

hosted at Coventry University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Digital Tools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A presentation on the application of RePlay within educational contexts

Part of a panel presentation examining digital dance resources as part of the Biennale Tanzausbildung: Kulturerbe Tanz, Frankfurt, Germany
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Making Siobhan Davies RePlay; the UK's first digital dance archive - the pleasure of preserving intangible cultural heritage' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact A keynote presentation as part of the ECLAP conference, Florence, Italy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Making it Happen: Siobhan Davies RePlay/Digital Dance Archives' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This presentation was part of an event hosted by a BBC/Arts Council England partnership on Building Digital Capacity for the Arts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Preserving the Intangible: capturing the process of dance in development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact A presentation as part of the event: The Art, Theory, and Practice of Movement Capture Symposium, London Knowledge Lab, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Recovering and reanimating 'lost' traces; the digital archiving of the rehearsal process in Siobhan Davies RePlay 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A conference presentation as part of the Society for Dance Research conference: British Dance Institutions: Past, Present and Future, University of Roehampton, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Siobhan Davies RePlay 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A presentation about the challenges in capturing and documenting ephemeral performance practices

As part of the CAIRO project at the University of Bristol
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Siobhan Davies RePlay - Impact: Serendipity or design 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A presentation as part of the Digital Economy All Hands Conference, University of Newcastle
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Siobhan Davies RePlay - building digital archives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A presentation as part of the National Library of Wales conference on digital archives of performance with a focus on the Brith Gof collection
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Siobhan Davies RePlay and the Digital Dance Archives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact A paper that discussed the building of digital dance archives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Watching Live and Virtual dance: negotiating the relationship between embodiment and technology' Moving the Boundaries, March, University of Oxford/Oxford Dance Festival (guest speaker) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact A conference paper that explored the relationship between live and virtual dance, drawing from the archive for examples
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description What is the future of a dance archive?; Siobhan Davies RePlay 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A presentation at the International Choreographic Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012