33. SIBMAS Conference

33. SIBMAS Conference

Performing the future. Institutions and politics of memory
published May 24 2022


MONDAY, 6 June

17.00 – 20.00 Meeting of the SIBMAS ExCom


9.00 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome and Introduction

  • Address by the Director of PTI Elżbieta Wrotnowska – Gmyz / Jadwiga Majewska
  • Presidential address by Alan Jones & Nic Leonhardt (SIBMAS)
  • Navigating through the Conference: Jadwiga Majewska

10.30 – 11.30 Opening Keynote lecture

  • Prof. Andrzej Szczerski, Poland, The National Museum in Kraków,
    Exhibitions, narratives and the institution – the case of the National Museum in Kraków
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11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 – 14.00 Plenary Session
Chair Maria Babicka

Collecting Theatre in Times of COVID I

  • Maria Thompson, United States
    The Festival International de Artes Cênicas da Bahia 2021 (FIAC Bahia) and its digital trans-formation during the pandemic year
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  • [ONLINE] Bernice Kwok-wai CHAN, Hongkong
    Creating New Memories with Historical Theatre Photography – A Reflection on the Exhibition of “A Snap beyond Borders”
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  • Negar Tahsili, Germany
    What Is the Day Today, Mr. Locke?
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  • [ONLINE] Seiko Shimura, Japan
    Reflections on the Traditional Performing Arts Project: Documenting Osaka’s Intangible Cultural Heritage under COVID-19
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  • [ONLINE] Drew Barker, United States
    How a Library Exhibit Space Pivoted Towards People, Puppets, and Collaboration During a Pandemic
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14.00 – 15.00 Lunch Break

15.00 – 17.00 Afternoon session
Chair Maria Babicka

The Visitor as Researcher as Audience as User

  • Alexandra Beraldin, France
    Participatory Museum Experiences: Performative Social Action in Museum Spaces
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  • Dita Lánská, Czech Republic
    Specialisation vs. Public: opportunity to connect
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17.00 Sightseeing at PTI

17.30 – 18.30 Keynote Lecture Online
Chair Maria Babicka / Alan Jones

  • Dwandalyn Reece, United States
    (Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Welcome party at PIT gardens


10.00 – 11.00 Keynote lecture

  • Prof. Iris Lana, Israel
    Archiving Dance by the State: The Politics and the Practices
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11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00 Plenary session
Chair Jadwiga Majewska

Archiving the Unpreservable

  • [ONLINE] Rüya B. Kalıntaş, Turkey
    Narrating the Past on the Stage from a Minoritarian Perspective
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  • Elvyra Markevičiūtė, Lithuania
    Archive of the Lithuanian Drama Festival “Atgaiva”
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  • [ONLINE] Rime Touil, France
    The processing of Amos Gitai’s digital archives: a pioneering case at the Bibliothèque nationale de France
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13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 16.30 Parallel sessions

Panel I
Museums as Stages
Chair Joanna Biernacka

  • Sara Herczyńska, Poland
    Historic house museums as spaces of reenactment
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  • Alexandra Souther, United States
    The Deconstruction of Reality: How Installation Art Creates a Performative Atmosphere in the Exhibition Space
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  • [ONLINE] Catalina González Melero, María Jesús Bajo Martínez, Spain,
    Centro de Investigación y Recursos de las Artes Escénicas de Andalucía / Research and resource Centre for the Performing arts in Andalusia
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  • [ONLINE] Naoko Kogo, Japan
    Reenactment and documentation of corps of Ishinha in Osaka as Performing Arts Museum
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Panel II
Performing the archive
Chair Jarosław Cymerman, Library

  • Simone Dragone, Italy
    Representing the identity of a theatre laboratory. From the archive to the digital storytelling
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  • Marzenna Wiśniewska, Poland
    Performing Theatre Archive: The Project „Dorman. Open Archive”
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  • Gabriel Smith, United States
    Gustav Mahler at the New York Philharmonic: Pandemic Programming Through Online Collections
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09.30 – 11.00 Plenary Session

Redefining Roles – of Curators, Museums, Archivists

  • Dominique Dewind, Belgium
    Some reflections on the role of the archivist-mediator in today’s and tomorrow’s world: An example of the treatment of a famous Belgian play, The Magnificent Cuckold, by Fernand Crommelynck, through several different archival fonds
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  • Alienor Fernandez, France
    The territories of archiving work on the company Louis Brouillard
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  • [ONLINE] Camille Intson, Canada
    Draw Me Close
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11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30
Politics of Archiving
Chair Alan Jones

  • Franziska Voß, Christine Henniger, Germany
    Digital Spaces of memory – (political) discourse, its consistency and contradictoriness in data presentations of performing arts collections
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  • Gilberto Conti, Portugal
    3 Kings Celebration – The Urban Rite in a Rio de Janeiro slam( favela) – facing low support from the state, crime, religious intolerance and poverty
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  • [ONLINE] Hongliang Zhou, China
    From Warsaw to Beijing: Krystian Lupa and His Theater Production in China.
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12.30 – 12.45 Coffee break

12:45- 14:15

Chair Alan Jones

  • Harriet Reed, United Kingdom
    Censored! Curating Contemporary British Theatre
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  • Aurelie Mouton-Rezzouk, France
    Exhibitions & “rights to memory”. Visibility and recognition issues in the Performing arts sector
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  • Annelis Kuhlmann, Denmark
    First Danish Hamlet in Denmark (1813)
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  • [ONLINE] Libby Smigel, United States
    Resurrecting Uncomfortable Contradictions in the Performing Arts Archives
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14.15 – 15.15 Lunch break

15.15 – 16.00 SIBMAS General Assembly

  • Guided visit to the Theatres – at 4 p.m. The Royal Theatre and Royal Palace on the Isle at Łazienki Gardens
  • or the Polish National Opera

18.00 – 19.30 Meeting of the ExCom Members (Library IT)

FRIDAY, 10 June

Day trip to Lublin Departure 9.00 Return 21.30


The Organisational Committee of SIBMAS and The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute invite to 33rd SIBMAS Conference – „Performing the future. Institutions and politics of memory” – which will take place from 7 to 10 June.

Being a user of a library, an archive or a museum always means – whether we want it to or not – entering a political arena. The institutions which gather, organize and disseminate information about the past are powerful participants in building a cultural self-image. Of course, this situation also applies to institutions dealing with theatre and performing arts and its heritage.

Many accepted cultural rules reflect a certain hierarchy and system of innate values. Some cultural texts, genres, images, artworks and voices are privileged while others are marginalised or simply disappear from the field. Within this dynamic institutions are not solely passive puppets. They can actively participate in shaping the rules by which they operate and they can open the dialogue for discussion, commentary and negotiation on how and what we collect and exhibit. The way institutions manage and narrate history directly influences the future that they themselves help to design. Narratives, images and artworks from the past and present shape the cultural vocabulary and the sensibility of their recipients. An image of the world and its values comes from the choices, we make in documenting history.

Today, when we are experiencing the destabilisation of the foundations of democratic governance and are at risk of creating global crises, we must focus on the political dimension present in our institutions. Organizations that are responsible for retelling the past must appraise their resources and take responsibility for the choices they make. This has become an urgent and vital issue for us all as professionals tasked with saving the intangible heritage of the global story of performing arts and raises the question of how we can collaborate to safeguard open societies and work to develop a pluralistic vision of culture that includes voices of the excluded.


The 33rd SIBMAS Conference will focus on the following issues:

  • Facts, emotions, narratives – ideas and practices of a narrative museum.
  • Museums, archives and libraries as an interactive space – how to develop a relationship with visitors, practitioners of performing arts, and collectively contribute to an open society.
  • Marketing and collection – developing exhibitions and an image for a library or collection.
  • Theatre heritage institutions and the politics of memory – what narratives do we need and for what purpose?
  • Canonical and alternative approaches to the archives and library collections on performing arts.
  • Body and archive – documenting of “unpreservable” by museums, archives, libraries or artists themselves.
  • Performing the past/reviving the narrative – collaboration between archives, museums, libraries on the one hand and artists on the other.
  • The impact of policies, politics, and conventions on theatre and performing arts practices as well as its preservation.
  • Ecology in the library, archive and museum – practicing care for the Earth; how do perform jobs and help save the planet

We invite to the broadcast of conference which will be available on Institute’s website, YouTube channel and fanpage on Facebook. You can also take part in event as auditor (free entry) – due to limited numbers of seats please contact with coordination.sibmas@instytut-teatralny.pl before.




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