March 27, 2017 : Performing arts database

As part of World Theatre Day and its new Exoscène program, the SIBMAS Center of the French Community of Belgium (Centre SIBMAS de la Communauté française de Belgique) is organising on Monday 27 March 2017 an international day of study, reflection and exchange of best practice on the design, implementation and operation of databases of performing arts shows.

Numerous databases, both national and international, list factual information on various performing arts shows (theatre, dance, opera, street theatre, puppets, circus etc). These databases list valuable information, both current and historical, on artistic and technical teams as well as on productions, co-productions and touring locations. The design of such databases, is accompanied by an upstream reflection and, after implementation, adjustments that must adapt to the evolution of technologies. The development of these databases differs according to the models of cooperation put in place but all testify to the extent and the richness of a cultural heritage which is essentially intangible.

By organising this study day, the SIBMAS Center of the French Community of Belgium proposes to offer designers and collaborators of such projects a real opportunity to exchange experiences, challenges and successes and put forward their questions.


Translation facilities English/French will be provided.

Location : Maison du Spectacle – La Bellone – 46 rue de Flandre, 1000 Brussels

Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017


Contribution to costs: 30 euros (Free for members of the Centre SIBMAS de la Communauté française de Belgique)

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Detailed program : exoscène_27mars


With the support of the Service général de la Création Artistique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Belgian Centre of the Institut International du Théâtre (IIT) – Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

27 mars : Programme

8:30  Arrivée des participants / Arrival of participants
9:00  Introduction André Deridder, Université Catholique de Louvain – University of Louvain

9:30 Sessions Chaired by: Luc Wanlin, Archives et Musée de la Littérature (AML)
Organising and developing the digital Pina Bausch archive by/par Bernhard Thull – Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences –
Department of Media (Germany/Allemagne)
Standards and flexibility: Developing agile data solutions to support the preservation of performing arts data and related ephemera by/par Jenny Fewster – Flinders University Department of Drama (Australie/Australia)

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Sessions Chaired by: Isabelle Meurrens, Contredanse
Inventaire des spectacles, collecte et mémoire des noms by/par Jacques Brunerie – Les Archives du Spectacle (France)
IbsenStage’s Users: the challenges and pitfalls of developing a specialise performing arts database to satisfy research needs of a global community of scholars by/par Frode Helland & Julie Holledge – University of Oslo – Centre for Ibsen Studies (Norvège/Norway)
16:00 Conclusions
All sessions will be followed by an open discussion with the participants /Toutes les sessions seront suivies par une discussion ouverte aux participants