The following pages offer a list of dance archives around the world. If you know an institution that is not on the list, please write to: Thank you!



With on-line material

Ubuweb Dance
Independent archive with a wide range of materials, particularly videos on the avant-garde scene.

Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen
Selected samples from the archive of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen that, beginning with the Bremen Dance Theatre and covering a wide spectrum from classical ballet to the latest trends, include a wide range of directions and styles from Germany and beyond.
Documents and videos on dance in Denmark since 1970

National Library of Australia Dance Collection
Collection on dance in Australia with portraits, manuscripts, oral history interviews, photographs, scores, correspondence, programmes and memorabilia.

Goethe Institut – Dance Videos
Videos of 50 key contemporary dance choreographers in Germany.

Digitaler Atlas Tanz
On-line documents – including film recordings, photographs, printed material and sketches – providing information on dance personalities, works and dance history in Germany since 1900. Currently under development.
Meta-archive of digitalised cultural heritage with a European focus. The material can be accessed on-line.

European Collected Library of Artistic Performance
Meta-database and network on performing arts in Europe, with videos, photographs and other material. Registration necessary.
International audio-visual database on dance. Based in France.

Digital Dance Archive
Access to collections from the National Resource Centre for Dance (NRCD) and Siobhan Davies RePlay (SDR). These collections represent more than 100 years of British dance history and include photos, films and drawings.

Archivo Virtual Artes Escenicas
Spanish archive on contemporary performing arts with a focus on Spanish artists. Some texts have been translated into English.

The Library of Congress / Performing Arts Encyclopedia
The national library of the USA has selected material on music, dance and theatre.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Jerome Robbins Dance Division
A few selected photographs on dance can be seen on-line.

Vlaams Theater Instituut / Performing Arts database
Database on performing arts productions in Flanders and Brussels. Production data only, no videos or images.
Database by the Swedish dance production venues Atalnate Göteborg, Dansstationen Malmö and Moderna Dansteatern Stockholm. Some photos, no video recordings.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Arts du Spectale department and Bibliotheque-Musee de l'Opera
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Archives with no on-line material


Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin
Includes the Lipperheide Costume Library, which took over the archive of a 1920s dance journal. On-line catalogue.

Sammlung Schloss Wahn der Universität Köln
Lots of photos and Nachlässe

Akademie der Künste / Archiv Darstellende Kunst

Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln

Mime Centrum Berlin/ Mediathek für Tanz und Theater

Pina Bausch Archive

Tanzarchiv Leipzig

Württembergische Landesbibliothek / Tanz- und Ballettsammlung

Dancevideonavigator EU 

University of Bristol / Theatre Collection, Great Britain

University of Limerick / National Dance Archive, Ireland

Istituto Addestramento Lavoratori dello Spettacolo / DanzaInVideo, Italy

Waseda University Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Japan

Dance Collection Danse Archives, Canada

Theater Instituut Nederland / Mediatheek

Tanzquartier Wien / Mediathek, Austria

Carina Ari Library, Sweden

Schweizer Tanzarchiv

Divadelní Ústav (Theatre Institute), Czech Republic

Derra de Moroda Dance Archives, Austria

Rosalia Chldaek-Archiv / MUK Wien - Theatermuseum Wien, Austria




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