The New York Public Library recently digitized over 1000 hours of dance and performing arts videos from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Moving Image Archive. To access the database, visit: http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/dancevideo. Some videos are restricted to in-house (NYPL) use only, but you can select an option to search only unrestricted videos.
Among the various genre types included in the database are dance, interviews, adaptations, ballets, special events, ethnographic films, plays, and panel discussions. The featured topics include festivals, rites and ceremonies, folk dancing, masks, spirit dances, ballet, performance art, choreographers, mythology, costume, Wayang wong, combat dancing, and much more.
You can search across the database using keywords, as well as the useful facets in the left sidebar, which allow you to limit your searches to a specific choreographer, dancer, interviewee, interviewer, topic, names, collections, places, genres, publishers, library locations, and resource type.
There are several built-in features of the database, which can be useful for educators and students who will be viewing the content as part of a course or for research purposes. Once you select a video, for example: “Durthro Dagmo Chezhi, Paro Teschu, Day One: Inside the Dzong,” you can annotate the video as you view it and capture details about specific characteristics, dance steps, gestures, etc., which can then be saved and edited later. Another feature is the juxtaposition tool, which will allow you to compare and analyze two videos side by side. Once you have two videos side by side, you can use the annotation tool to again capture specific details about the performance.