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20 februari 2009

Dance Heritage Coalition and Bay Area Video Coalition: Preserve and Create Access to Dance Heritage Videotapes

Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) and Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) Announce Innovative Partnership to develop “Secure Media Network” to Preserve and Create Access to Dance Heritage Videotapes

San Francisco, CA. With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Dance Heritage Coalition will work in partnership with the Bay Area Video Coalition to develop and pilot the “Secure Media Network,” a searchable, digital repository of historic dance media that can be easily accessed by scholars, artists and educators. Funding for the digitization of repository materials was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Over the two-year pilot period, using cost-efficient workflows and the latest in video preservation, digitization and digital asset management techniques, BAVC will work with the DHC to create an archive of approximately 100 seminal works of dance. These works will then be distributed via the Internet and made available at four partner sites around the country - Ohio State University, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The Museum of Performance & Design, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. If the experiment is successful, it is anticipated that the SMN would expand to include other partners and additional works in subsequent years.

Barbara Drazin, Executive Director of the Dance Heritage Coalition, remarked, “Artists, dance history scholars and educators, as well as dance patrons, have for too long been denied access to the full body of work that represents our country’s magnificent dance legacy. By digitizing images to ensure their long-term survival and by harnessing the internet to connect archives across the United States, dance images will emerge from obscurity to be enjoyed for generations to come. The Dance Heritage Coalition welcomes the opportunity to work with BAVC in making this long-held dream a reality at last.”

The “Secure Media Network” takes advantage of emerging network and encoding technologies and represents a significant step forward for the field of dance preservation.

BAVC Executive Director Ken Ikeda said of the project, “We are thrilled to be a technical partner in this effort to restore and make available such important cultural artifacts. Media is only as powerful as the people who see it. And we hope that these historic works will inspire new scholars and artists.”

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The Dance Heritage Coalition was founded in 1992 when it brought together a coalition of major dance collections in order to facilitate communication, and promote joint programs, projects and policy-making in order to strengthen a national dance documentation and preservation network. The DHC focuses on four areas: access to materials; the continuing documentation of dance; preservation of existing documentation; and education regarding methods, standards, and practice for access, documentation, and preservation. In addition to the four partners noted above, DHC members include the Library of Congress, the American Dance Festival, the Dance Notation Bureau, the Harvard Theatre Collection, and the UCLA Department of Special Collections. Visit DHC online at www.danceheritage.org.

The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) was founded in 1976 to support freedom of expression by making advanced media technology accessible to independent media makers and nonprofits. We teach. We empower creative expression. We preserve the past. And we develop future media makers and innovators. BAVC’s mission is to be the nation’s most advanced noncommercial media access and training center.
(bron: persbericht BAVC Press Releases)