IS 535 Advanced Information Retrieval                      Susan Macrellis                    November 16, 2011
“Nothing is morefrail or transientthan a ballet.”         --Lincoln Kirstein,           New York City Ballet Co-founder.  ...
Challenges in searching the web forvideo: Dancers’ unions sometimes prohibit or limit recording    of and distribution of...
Dance Metadata Title of the work (ex. Swan Lake)•.•Choreographer (ex. Marius Petipa)•Composer (ex.Tchaikovsky)•Ballet Comp...
•International Index to Performing Arts(IIPA) –Available through Hodges.•Dance in Video –Not available throughHodges.
International Index to Performing Arts
IIPA Article Search Screen•Can limit search to photographs or images but NOT video.•Great selection of major dance and per...
Dance in Video(Alexander St.Press Database)http://alexanderstreet.com/products/daiv.htm  Commercial database; must have lo...
Dance in Videohttp://alexanderstreet.com/products/daiv.htm Multiple productions of select dances showing various interpre...
•Google Videos•YouTube
Google Videos Advanced Searchhttp://video.google.com/?hl=en&tab=iv
Results from Google Video Advanced Search
YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gelsey+kirkland+don+quixote&oq=Gelsey+kirkland+&aq=1&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_sm...
•Company websites•Enthusiasts’ websites•Product websites•Library libguides
American Ballet Theatre    http://www.abt.org/education/library.aspIncludes video clips ofwhat various positionsand steps ...
New York City Ballethttp://www.nycballet.com/researchers/researchers.html
Ballerina Galleryhttp://www.ballerinagallery.com/index.htm
Ballerina Gallery                     http://www.ballerinagallery.com/ferri.htm•Alphabetical index to ballerinas—only the ...
Dancemedia.com http://dancemedia.com/   Search box features drop down menu with limited categories for   search refinement.
Gaynor Minden, Capezio, or other product website      Product websites will      often feature images      and embedded vi...
Yale University Library Libguide/Pathfinderhttp://guides.library.yale.edu/content.php?pid=8564&sid=66667#websitesSelected ...
Yale Libguide continued Best of the Web: Dance  A portal for websites on dance, primarily organized by genre and type of ...
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  • I’m sure this is a fantabulous database, but I could not access it.
  • Many companies will have a YouTube channel.
  • Nothing is More Frail or Transient than a Ballet: Strategies and Resources for the Retrieval of Dance Video by ITRL student Susan Macrellis

    1. 1. IS 535 Advanced Information Retrieval Susan Macrellis November 16, 2011
    2. 2. “Nothing is morefrail or transientthan a ballet.” --Lincoln Kirstein, New York City Ballet Co-founder. And therein lies the challenge: it isimpossible to successfully research or writeabout dance without seeing it. A recordingcan give one a familiarity with a Beethovensonata, albeit an imperfect one; the sameholds true for a photograph of a Renoirpainting. But dance MUST be viewed inmotion, live or video, to experience it. http://www.nycballet.com/company/dancer.html
    3. 3. Challenges in searching the web forvideo: Dancers’ unions sometimes prohibit or limit recording of and distribution of performances. Results are often returned in foreign languages or alphabets (especially common with Russian works; i.e., the Bolshoi or Kirov productions.) Translation is iffy. Imprecise results—may retrieve the correct ballet (Swan Lake, for example), but wrong cast (Cynthia Gregory as Odette, when you searched for Gelsey Kirkland in that role, for example) Broken links Simply not available on the web http://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/productionnew.a spx?performanceNumber=3806
    4. 4. Dance Metadata Title of the work (ex. Swan Lake)•.•Choreographer (ex. Marius Petipa)•Composer (ex.Tchaikovsky)•Ballet Company (ex. Bolshoi)•Cast (ex. Ballerina Natalia Makarova;Premier Danseur Anthony Dowell)•Location (ex. New York)•Date of premier performance•Character (ex. Odette)•Costume designer, artistic director, orother http://www.gaynorminden.com/u_media/EricaApolloJeteFullSize.jpg
    5. 5. •International Index to Performing Arts(IIPA) –Available through Hodges.•Dance in Video –Not available throughHodges.
    6. 6. International Index to Performing Arts
    7. 7. IIPA Article Search Screen•Can limit search to photographs or images but NOT video.•Great selection of major dance and performing arts periodicals indexed(articles)
    8. 8. Dance in Video(Alexander St.Press Database)http://alexanderstreet.com/products/daiv.htm Commercial database; must have log in credentials to access.
    9. 9. Dance in Videohttp://alexanderstreet.com/products/daiv.htm Multiple productions of select dances showing various interpretations, will allow for comparative analysis of choreography and style The stage works of legendary figures are cross-searchable and available for side-by- side comparison Specially developed controlled vocabularies will enable users to browse by genre, performer, choreographer, company, and other combinable fields Interviews integrated with excerpts of live performances illustrate the development of each production Identify a video, and then a click delivers the entire work for viewing over the Internet. Move back and forth within the video, replay favorite segments, bookmark and annotate playlists The database contains more than 500 hours of streaming video productions, including more than 450 performances and documentaries Recommended for academic libraries at institutions with dance program/major.
    10. 10. •Google Videos•YouTube
    11. 11. Google Videos Advanced Searchhttp://video.google.com/?hl=en&tab=iv
    12. 12. Results from Google Video Advanced Search
    13. 13. YouTubehttp://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gelsey+kirkland+don+quixote&oq=Gelsey+kirkland+&aq=1&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=9228l19800l0l28579l16l16l0l8l8l0l286l1701l0.4.4l8l0
    14. 14. •Company websites•Enthusiasts’ websites•Product websites•Library libguides
    15. 15. American Ballet Theatre http://www.abt.org/education/library.aspIncludes video clips ofwhat various positionsand steps look like.
    16. 16. New York City Ballethttp://www.nycballet.com/researchers/researchers.html
    17. 17. Ballerina Galleryhttp://www.ballerinagallery.com/index.htm
    18. 18. Ballerina Gallery http://www.ballerinagallery.com/ferri.htm•Alphabetical index to ballerinas—only the most famous included•Only a few artist entries include video embedded from YouTube (non-searchable)•Brief artist biographies•Several images of artist
    19. 19. Dancemedia.com http://dancemedia.com/ Search box features drop down menu with limited categories for search refinement.
    20. 20. Gaynor Minden, Capezio, or other product website Product websites will often feature images and embedded video.http://www.gaynorminden.com/u_media/VeronikaPartDeveloppeFullSize.jpg
    21. 21. Yale University Library Libguide/Pathfinderhttp://guides.library.yale.edu/content.php?pid=8564&sid=66667#websitesSelected WebsitesThe sites below include a range of scholarly and professional resources. @URL Internet Arts Resources - DanceA Web directory for sites on contemporary dance and ballet companies, scholarly resources and archives, dance training programs, festivals, publications dance and new media, videos, and more. Artslynx International Dance ResourcesDance links, ballet links, and other resources organized into accessible link libraries. Links are screened for content quality by the Artslynx Editor. Ballet.co Home PageBallet and dance in the world and especially the UK. News, reviews, a magazine, interviews, etc. BalletcompaniesOver 2000 links to ballet and dance companies all over the world. Includes announcements and news from individual companies.
    22. 22. Yale Libguide continued Best of the Web: Dance A portal for websites on dance, primarily organized by genre and type of resource. Criticaldance.com CriticalDance is an international non-profit for promoting and supporting the dance arts (especially ballet and modern dance). The site includes a moderated bulletin board, reviews, features, interviews, and links to select dance pages. The organization publishes an online magazine, Ballet-Dance Magazine. CyberDance A collection of over 3,500 links to classical ballet and modern dance resources on the Internet. The site doesnt appear to have been updated since March 2006. Dance Films Association The organization that produces the annual Dance on Camera Festival, which now tours nationally and internationally. Directories: Google and Yahoo Portals to sites on all types and aspects of dance. Intute Dance Resources From Intutes website: "Intute: Dance provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.... Our target audience is students, staff and researchers in higher and further education." Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers The union representing professional choreographers.

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