March 29 – 30: Objects, Environments, and Actants: Intersections in Material Performance

- Shared on behalf of Dr. John Bell and Professor Lindsay Cummings -

UConn’s Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and Theatre Studies Program will host a symposium titled “Objects, Environments, and Actants: Intersections in Material Performance.” Scholars, puppeteers, and theatre artists will discuss how objects and spaces perform, as well as the role of the material world in performance.

Drawing on recent scholarship in thing theory, material culture studies, puppetry studies, and object-oriented ontology, presenters will consider how puppets, props, costumes, masks, physical environments, and human actors intersect in performance.

The symposium will take place in the new Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at Storrs Center. This event is open to the public, although pre-registration is required.

View complete schedule of events and list of presenters, or register for the symposium here.

Please note that the registration fee is waived for UConn students, but we do ask that you pre-register.

For more information, contact Emily Wicks, Program Assistant for the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at (860) 486-8585 or

Jim Henson Grants for Puppetry Students and Faculty

The Jim Henson Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2015 granting cycle. Grant funding includes:

  • Seed grants of $2,000 for the development of new works in their early stages
  • Project grants of $5,000 for the development of new works
  • Family grants of $3,000 for the development of new works for children and youth

Deadlines: Letter of intent due March 31, 2014; Full proposal due September 8, 2014.

Full guidelines can be found here:

Additional grants can be found in Pivot, a search engine, which UConn subscribes to for grant funding opportunities. If you would like to learn more about Pivot or how to run searches, sign up for a UConn Libraries workshop: These workshops run from February through April 2014. You can also contact your subject librarian for additional assistance or individual Pivot session tailored to your specific discipline or research needs.


Marilyn Horne’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Marilyn Horne (b. 1934) was recently fȇted by artists of the highest caliber at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The New York Times published a brief article highlighting this event: “Marilyn Horne at 80, Celebrated by Her Star Admirers” (Jan. 17, 2014).

At UConn’s Music and Dramatic Arts Library, you’ll find a number of recordings and performance materials which feature Marilyn Horne as soloist or contributing artist.

Several classic recordings can be found in our LP collection, including:

  • Donizetti’s Anna Bolena recorded with the Wiener Staatsoper (c.1970). (LP D71 Op3)
  • Bizet’s Carmen recorded with the Manhattan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Children’s Chorus and conducted by Leonard Bernstein (c.1973). (LP B55 Op5)
  • Live from Lincoln Center featuring Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti with the New York City Opera Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge (c.1981). (LP MVcW 46)
  • Marilyn Horne, Live from La Scalla performing works by Handel, Alvarez, Turina, Montsalvatge, Granados, Obrados, Poulenc, Rossini, Copland, and Foster (c.1983). (LP MVcW 85)

We also have several performances of Marilyn Horne on DVD, including:

  • Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (c.1990) with Luciano Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne as guest artists. (M1500.S872 F54 2000)
  • Corigliano’s The Ghost’s of Versailles recorded at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York on January 1992. (M1500.C67 G467 2010)

If you’re interested in her life and performance career, take a look at:

  • Horne, Marilyn; Jane Scovell. Marilyn Horne, My Life. ML420.H66 A3 1983
  • Mezzo-sopranos in Opera: Profiles of Fifteen Great Mezzo-Sopranos. ML400.M49 2004

(All materials may be borrowed with a valid UConn Husky One Card or Community Borrower’s Card. For more information, visit:



New Database Added: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM)

Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM) is an international bibliography of 19th and mid-20th century music periodical literature. It is a primary resource for reception history, biography, musical life, iconography and advertisements. It provides coverage of complete runs of music periodical literature and the content is international in scope, including indexing for materials published throughout Europe and the Americas in over twenty-three languages or dialects. The database consists of over 555,000 citations. Additional content is updated every six months and new volumes are added annually.

  • Also included is the RIPM Online Archive, which provides full-text access to music periodical literature (1800-1950), indexed in the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals. This is a primary resource for reception history, biography, musical life, iconography and advertisements. The RIPM Online Archive can be searched and accessed directly through the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals interface (see above).
  • Please note: When searching RIPM, the search limit: “Full text from ROA” is on as a default. You will have to manually uncheck the box, if would like to view all citations (with/without full-text). We are working with the vendor to change this.

For a two-year period, we will have complimentary access to RIPM E-Library, a supplementary searchable collection of full-text music periodical literature published between the mid-18th to mid-20th century. The goal of the E-Library was to digitize music periodicals, which have not been indexed by the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, but are valuable to music scholarship. Therefore, the full-text content in the E-Library is not duplicated in the RIPM Online Archive. It can only be accessed here:;go.

 *This database is only available to UConn students, faculty, and staff.

Exhibit of Recent Publications & Works

We recently installed an exhibit featuring publications and works by twenty-three faculty and staff in or affiliated with the School of Fine Arts. This selection represents the breadth of activity at UCONN across areas in musicology, composition, theory, art history, dramaturgy, puppetry, digital humanities, and performance.


Here is a selection of items from the exhibit, many of which are also available for checkout or online reading via the University Libraries.

  • Blush, Margarita. Puppet and production for The Crane Wife. (2011).
  • Dennis, Kelly. ”Ansel Adams e l’ovest, nella teoria” in Ácoma: Rivista Internazionale di Studi Nord-Americani, 2:3 (2012).
The Crane Wife (Margarita Blush, 2011)

The Crane Wife (Margarita Blush, 2011)

  • Scheinfeldt, Tom (w/ Dan Cohen), Eds. Hacking the Academy. (University of Michigan Press, 2013).

Please stop by the Music & Dramatic Arts Library lobby to view the full exhibit. The exhibit will be up through Winter 2014. If you would like your work included in a future exhibit, please contact Anna Kijas.



NYPL digitizes over 1000 hours of performing arts videos

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: 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.

Just in time for Open Access Week…

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Bass (Professor of Music), Heather de Savage (PhD candidate, Music), and Dr. Patricia Grimm (UConn PhD), whose article, “Harmonic Text-Painting in Franz Liszt’s Lieder,” was recently published in Gamut: Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 2. 

Gamut is a peer-reviewed online journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic. It is published by Newfound Press, a digital imprint of the Knoxville Libraries at the University of Tennessee. Its mission is to advance “the community of learning by experimenting with effective and open systems of scholarly communication.”1


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Open-Access Database: “Opening Night! Opera & Oratorio Premieres”

Stanford University Libraries has released an open-access database: “Opening Night! Opera & Oratorio Premieres.” This is a cross-index of data for over 38,000 international opera and oratorio premieres documented between 1589-1995.

The database is searchable through a simple keyword search box, browsing across categories, or combining your search terms with any of the limits according to genre, subgenre, oratorio subject, oratorio feast month, composer, librettist, premiere year, geographic location, and theatre (venue).

Here is an example record with details about the premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Il dissoluto punito, ossia Il Don Giovanni in 1787, Prague.




Stanford University Libraries are also requesting assistance from scholars, students, and the public. If you would like to contribute an entry for new premieres of operas and oratorios, click here.



Upcoming Workshops at UConn Libraries’

Here is a selection of workshops during September and October at the UConn Libraries’ which may be of interest to students and faculty in the School of Fine Arts or other Humanities-related disciplines.

This workshop will provide an overview and introduction to HathiTrust. This is a digital repository, which provides access to public domain materials, as well as some in copyright content from the Google Books Project and other digitization initiatives. UConn students and faculty can log-in to HathiTrust with their NetID/password to view, download, and/or print full-text content.

  • Video and Animation for Humanities Research (Register hereFriday, September 20, 2013 @ 2 pm 

This workshop is an introduction to Adobe After Effects, a program used primarily for animation and post-production film work. In the context of Digital Humanities and digital scholarship, we can use After Effects to creating visual components for research or presentations, construct video essays, and display the images and text we work with in new and interesting ways. In this short introduction you’ll create your own animation and get a sense of what you can do with the program. Length of workshop is 90 minutes. This workshop will be taught by Susana Aho (MFA student, Digital Media & Design) and is coordinated by the Scholars’ Collaborative. Visit, Scholars’ Collaborative to find more info about upcoming workshops and other events.

  • Grant Searching with Pivot (Register HereVarious dates and times: 9/13, 9/24, 10/9, 10/24 (full details on registration page)

University of Connecticut researchers now have access to Pivot, the most comprehensive search engine for grant funding available – with 26,000 funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion. In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to use Pivot to search for funding opportunities, and establish funding alerts to automatically let you know when new grants become available in your field. 

To view all workshops offered throughout the year, please visit: