NDSR Art presents the webinar "Archiving Performance in an
Institutional Context: Perspectives from the Mark Morris Dance Group."
Stephanie Neel, Archives Project Manager
Regina Carra, Archives Project Metadata and Cataloging Coordinator
Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez, NDSR Art Resident
Dance is an ephemeral art form that does not archive easily. However, if we consider the nearly 40-year history of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), and even longer career of its illustrious choreographer Mark Morris, the ability to preserve, recall and re-stage dance becomes a challenge of institutional and cultural importance. In this webinar Mark Morris Dance Group archivists, Stephanie Neel and Regina Carra will share insights about their ongoing project to set up a new archive and digital database for MMDG, focusing specifically on the tools, strategies, and collaborations that have allowed them to provide enhanced access to the company’s history. Attendees will learn about the challenges of capturing and cataloging performance, what it is like to work for an active dance company, and approaches for engaging artists and staff in the archival process.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mark Morris Dance Group Archives Project is a three-year digitization project jointly managed by MMDG and the Dance Heritage Coalition (the archives and preservation branch of Dance/USA). Now in its final year, the goal of the project is to digitize MMDG’s audiovisual and paper materials and make them accessible to staff, dancers, and outside researchers with a new database built with Collective Access, an open-source content management system developed by Whirl-i-gig.