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NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTRE FOR DANCE (NRCD)

Description
The Centre was established in 1982 with initial funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to provide support services for dance research and education and as part of a major development in dance studies at the University of Surrey and throughout the UK. The National Resource Centre for Dance is the sole national archive for dance and movement in the UK. The NRCD’s 36 special collections and substantial core collection contain a variety of materials, including film/video, sound recordings, personal papers, photographs, books, periodicals, artwork, notation/music scores, programmes, posters, cuttings, and other ephemera. The special collections represent the life and work of dance companies, organisations, choreographers, movement theorists, educationalists, and critics. The Centre also provides a publishing programme, short courses, a summer school, and an information and bibliographic service.
Website
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/NRCD
Keywords
Dance; Dance, theatre; Dance, therapeutics
Access
Appointment required.
Access for outsiders
Yes
Facilities
1 TV/video unit in the study room.
Charges
No charge for University of Surrey students. Others: £7-50 students, £10 for students using special collections, £15 other researchers for a day’s use of the study room.
Copyright
ERA licence. Copyright held on some videos published by the NRCD and some in special collections.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
Around 25 books about dance on screen, including directories of dance films/videos.
Datasets
The Centre’s own electronic database of dance-related TV/film/radio programmes broadcast since 1996 (2,000 + entries).
Equipment
Muray Superette Interchangeable 8/Super 8 projector; Eumig Mark 501 8/Super 8 projector; Prinz Magnon LV Super 8 projector; Gaf 64 handheld camera; two Muray film viewers; Premier film winding system; LPL 3-way cement splicer#702.
Ephemera
Approx 12 programmes pertaining to dance films and movie musicals. Company collections have programmes on dances that may have been filmed. Publicity materials abour dance on screen.
Journals
Collection of 11,000+ dance periodicals which may contain articles/reviews of dance on screen/radio. Plus the odd media-specific journal.
Manuscripts
The Fernau Hall Archive has material concerning TV broadcasts of dance as Hall worked for Rediffusion Television. Company collections have material pertaining to the filming of their dances.
Masters
The special collections contain around 250 masters (mostly video, some film) across several colections. The off-air broadcast collection contains around 200 masters. The NRCD publications collection contains around 50 masters.
Music
For some special collections the Centre has master tapes of the music/soundscape used during performance, which may have been filmed and are represented in the masters above.
Newspapers
In the general holdings, two files of cuttings about dance on screen and three files of TV/radio listings of dance-related programmes from 1987 to the present. In the David Henshaw Collection, 10 ring binders of TV/radio listings of dance-related programmes from 1981 to 1993.
Posters
Approx 12
Sound
Approx 300 sound recordings, mostly radio programmes taped from broadcasts; some oral history tapes.
Still Images
Some company collections have photographs of dances that may have beem filmed and are represented in the masters above. The Fernau Hall Archive has photographs of TV broadcasts of dance (particularly South Asian). The Rosemary Butcher Archive has stills of a dance work made for film.
Theses
Around 5 relating to dance on screen.
Video/Film
Approx 600 in the reference only collection of viewing copies.

Catalogues

Computerised database
Own MS Access database, at present available only to NRCD staff. Soon updating to professional archive database (CALM 2000).
Printed catalogue
Computer printout catalogues for most collections, particularly film/video/audio.
Card catalogue
For some collections.

Main Contact

Name
Ms. Chris Jones
Job title
Manager
Telephone
01483 879316
Fax
01483 879500
Email
chris.jones@surrey.ac.uk
Address
University of Surrey
Guildford
GU2 5XH

Alternate Contact

Email
NRCD@surrey.ac.uk

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