P.O. Box 282, Halifax Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2N7

 

Telephone: (902) 420-0003
Fax: (902) 425-7359
Web site:
http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Culture/Liveart/
Contacts: Paul Caskey (Artistic Director), Gay Hauser

 

Description / mandate:
Live Art Productions is a specialized presenter and producer of dance projects, with a particular commitment to Atlantic Canadian artists. Live Art also offers professional development opportunities and assistance for dance artists. Live Art was initiated in 1981 as The New Dance Series under the umbrella of Eye Level Gallery, and became its own entity as Live Art Productions in January 1992. The organization documents its own events, Atlantic New Dance Festival, as well as Local Currents festival, on videotape.

 

Collection / extent:
Approximately 200 videotapes, including incoming material as well as Live Art productions. All Live Art productions since 1996 have been systematically documented; taping of productions prior to 1996 is sporadic. Live Art also holds posters, publicity and workshop materials, administrative and financial records, and they maintain artist files which contain information sent to them about various artists and festivals.

 

Access / other information:
The collection is primarily used as a reference resource for in house research by staff, and is also used by the artists.

 

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  • ARCHIVES & ERIK BRUHN LIBRARY

Walter Carsen Centre
470 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
M5K 3V4

Telephone: (416) 345-9686 ext. 449
Fax: (416) 345-8323
E-mail:

Web site:
http://www.national.ballet.ca
Contacts: Adrienne Nevile (Aarchives Coordinator)

Description / mandate:
The National Ballet Archives was created in 1975 as the company’s corporate repository. It collects and preserves materials that document the founding and development of The National Ballet of Canada, including administrative, publicity and artistic records. The Company holdings date from its founding in 1951. The Archives also contains reference materials relating to dance in general, both in Canada and internationally. The Erik Bruhn Library was established with the deposit of Bruhn's personal dance book collection and has been augmented with other donations and purchases to total over 800 volumes.

Collection / extent:
Approximately 240 linear metres of textual records including administrative records, biography and other company files. The Archives and Library have a computer database that describes the majority of the holdings at the series (or sub-series) level. The Archives also contains approximately 30,000 photographs, 50,000 slides, 1,100 videotapes and films, 400 posters and 400 costumes. The photograph collection is described at the item level, with many images scanned to accompany their text description on the database. The video collection contains stage management recordings of National Ballet productions in a variety of formats, as well as commercially released National Ballet productions and those of other dance companies. The National Ballet Archives also holds copies of their productions televised by the CBC (copyright held by the CBC).

Access / other information:
The Archives and the Erik Bruhn Library is open to the public by appointment only during the regular business hours of The National Ballet of Canada (Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM). A video viewing station is available. Loan of materials is restricted and at the discretion of the Archivist. The National Ballet of Canada owns the rights to the majority of its holdings; however, some exceptions exist in the video and photograph collections.

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Scotiabank Dance Centre
Level Six - 677 Davie St.
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 2M6

Telephone : (604) 606-6400
Fax: (604) 606-6401
E-mail:

Web site:
http://www.vkool.com/dancentre/
Contacts: Mirna Zagar (Executive Director)

Description / mandate:
The Dance Centre was established in 1985 to raise the profile of dance in Vancouver. It is involved in advocacy and serves as a co-ordinator for the Vancouver dance community by providing administrative and technical services. It also produces a wide variety of dance events including workshops.

Collection / extent:
primarily video documentation of Vancouver dance 1984 to present, plus resource materials
Approximately 300 videotapes collected since 1984, of which about 230 are masters of material created through The Dance Centre services. Rights belong to the artists. The video collection documents the past twelve years of dance activity in Vancouver, and includes 12 MM, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Rencontres, and Dancers for Life. The Dance Centre also maintains a small library (approximately 350 books and 20 linear feet of newsletters, catalogues, directories and periodicals) for members.

Access/other information:
Videotapes are available for viewing in-house and for loan to members.

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  • LE CENTRE DE DOCUMENTATION DE TANGENTE

840, rue Cherrier
Montreal, Quebec
H2L 1H4

Telephone : (514) 525-5584
Fax: (514) 525-1860
E-mail:

Web site:
http://www.tangente.qc.ca
Contact: Dena Davida (Artistic Director)

Description / mandate:
Tangente is a laboratory theatre for contemporary dance and experimental performance arts. Works presented include Québec and international creators, and the organization strives to foster diverse and interdisciplinary approaches. The Tangente resource centre provides access to extensive printed and archival holdings focusing on dance in Québec, as well as material gathered through event attendance or correspondence with international creators and contemporary dance resources. Materials collected include newsletters, publicity materials, ephemera and grey literature. (Books are not actively collected since both UQAM and Concordia universities have dance book holdings.) There are also some internally-created archival materials documenting Tangente’s operations, including systematic collecting of Tangente’s posters and programmes since its founding in 1981. Tangente strives to link choreographers and companies, thus their resource holdings focus on choreographers, choreographic production and dance events, rather than individual dance performers. Resource materials are collected to serve the needs of member dance practitioners include funding sources, presenter networks, services to dance, teaching and performing opportunities. Video documentation of Tangente programming is made, and materials are also collected as screening copies are sent in to the organization.

Collection / extent:
The collection consists of approximately 65 linear feet of artists’ dossiers and subject files organized by choreographer name or by compnay name; presenting organizations; pedagogy and schools; press materials including biographies, artist statements, and clippings. Archive binders containing Tangente programs and documentation occupy approximately 4 linear feet. There are approximately 25 linear feet of magazines and printed matter, including 6 to 8 active subscriptions. There are over 500 videotapes available for viewing on site, and preservation masters stored separately.

Access / other information:
The resouce centre is a service to members, and a public service to dance researchers. Much of it is available for self-serve onsite consultation. There are no comprehensive finding aids or subject listings, with most material being retrievable through alphabetical files organized in categories. Researchers include practitioners, historians and critics, and programmers and presenters (including international programmers interested in Québec dance).

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Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St.
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 2M6

Telephone : (604) 681-1525
Fax: (604) 681-7732
E-mail:

Web site:
http://www.vancouverballetsociety.org
Contact: Jean Orr

Description / mandate:
The Vancouver Ballet Society (VBS) was incorporated in 1946. It is dedicated to encourage the continuation of and instruction in the art of classical ballet. It also publishes Dance International magazine. In addition to its own the administrative records and the records of Dance International, the VBS also holds the archives of the Performing Arts Museum Society.

Collection / extent:
The focus of the VBS collection is their paper records (approximately 20 metres), including material related to dance workshops from the late 1950s to the present, as well as clippings, programmes, and posters. The VBS also has approximately 15 linear metres of periodicals, 15 metres of books, and 2 metres of photographs, as well as a few videos and costumes.

Access / other information:
The Vancouver Ballet Society and its Archives are run by volunteers. It maintains a reference room available for archival consultation.

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152 2nd Avenue North
P.O. Box 8789
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7K 6S6

Telephone : (306) 931-8480
Fax: (306) 244-1520
E-mail: dancesask@sk.sympatico.ca
Web site:
http://www.dancesask.com (click on Library)
Contact: Jill Reid (Executive Director)

Description / mandate:
The Dance Saskatchewan Inc. Resource Centre began functioning as a library and resource centre in 1991. It was established to provide the Saskatchewan dance community and others with access to dance information. As part of Dance Saskatchewan Inc., it contributes to the umbrella mandate concerned with the advanement of dance, as well as the particular purposes of preserving, promoting and representing dance in Saskatchewan, and educating about dance.

Collection / extent:
The Resource Centre holdings consist of 2740 titles and 2825 individual items comprised of books, videos, periodicals (newsletters, magazines, journals), pamphlets, clippings, posters, audio recordings (compact disks, cassettes) and archives. It holds oral histories from a variety of Saskatchewan dance pioneers such as Gail Grant, Pat Dewer, Gennady Adrianow, Petre Bodeutz and Jean Botkin. There is a Reference Collection of works by individuals and companies who do not wish for their work to be circulated, and these items may be viewed at the Resource Centre. These consist primarily of unpublished materials, as well as directories, dictionaries, indices, quick reference materials and the archives. The Non-fiction Collection includes titles among the following subjects: Creative Dance and Movement, Dance Therapy, Dance History, Jazz, Hip-hop, Folk Dancing, Modern Dance, Tap, Step and Clogging Dance, Ballroom Dance, Pattern Dance, Country Western, Round and Square Dancing, Biography, as well as fiction titles. The Resource Centre follows World Dance Alliance guidelines.

Access / other information:
Dance Saskatchewan Inc. members may borrow materials at no cost, and the general public can rent the materials at a nominal cost or they may browse and use these materials on-site. The Resource Centre can provide visitors with a television, VCR and CD/cassette player. If unable to visit the Centre, patrons can also request materials by telephone, letter or e-mail.

 

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