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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Help & FAQs

The Siobhan Davies Archive contains thousands of fully searchable electronic records of moving image, still image and text. For help using the archive browse the search tips and frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the content and navigation of the Siobhan Davies RePlay site that are not answered below, please contact us at s.whatley@coventry.ac.uk.

Search Tips and Advice

The Keyword search box is found at the top left of every page throughout the archive and allows you to enter a term, name, date or any other piece of information and carry out a search on it. This search will look for all instances of your search terms and provide a wide but relatively unrefined set of results. The Basic Keyword search function also facilitates searches on less obvious terms - such as choreographic concepts and abstract ideas drawn upon in the process of developing a particular piece or analytical texts. 

Quick Search Tips

  • Try to be as precise as possible when entering search terms, check multiple spellings if your search is initially unsuccessful.
  • Searches are not case sensitive, so for example searching for either "SIOBHAN DAVIES" or "siobhan davies" will produce the same set of results
  • Try using Boolean terms in your search. These are action terms such as AND, OR, NOT, and apply certain actions to your search terms. They must be typed in capitals to be used as actions rather than additional search terms. For example, White AND Bird will search for records that have both the word "White" and "Bird" associated with them.
  • You can also use the star key/asterisk in the search box * as a master search term to bring up all of the records within the archive, this will probably provide too many results to work with effectively, but allows the possibility to find and browse items that you might otherwise not have found.
  • Another variant of using the star key/asterisk is to use it at the end of a term, for example stag* will search for stage, stages, staging, staged, etc.

About the Media Available

Siobhan Davies Archive has been created specifically to enable the retrieval and viewing of a variety of digitised media objects in an entirely on-line setting. Every effort has been made to build an on-line resource that provides quick and easy access at the highest feasible quality to users at all times.

Viewing Text Content

To view text content such as programmes, flyers, articles etc., first click on the image thumbnail within the record page to open the document. The document will open in your existing web browser window as a PDF and to navigate through multiple page documents, either use the arrow keys on your keyboard, the scroller on your mouse or double click the page thumbnails that appear. To zoom into an area of a page, either click the magnifying glass that appears, use 'Control' + or - on a PC or use 'Command' (apple) + or - on a Macintosh. To navigate back to the record page, click the back button on your web browser tool bar.

Viewing Images

To view full size images, click on the image preview within the record page. The image will open within your existing web browser window at its native dimensions. In order to navigate back to the record page, click the back button on your web browser tool bar.

Video and Moving Image

Viewing Video

All video content on the Siobhan Davies Archive is provided in .flv flash video format. The flash player plug-in is installed on most PC's and Macintosh computers and should therefore play automatically, if however you are required to download additional or updated files, you will be directed to do so upon first viewing a clip.

All video content is provided via live data streaming. The size and bit-rate of video files has been optimised to work with the widest range of internet connection bandwidths as possible, however due to the long duration of some video content within the site there may be some periodic 'buffering' (intermittent pausing of video and audio) while the video stream continues to load the next segment. The bandwidth speed and method of your internet connection will determine how often video buffering occurs.

Video Preview Stills

Video preview stills are created during the video encoding process and record a series of still images for every second of video material encoded.


It is possible to select a ratio of images per second in order to preview the entire video clip as a set of still image thumbnails onscreen. Each individual image can be viewed in more detail by clicking on the thumbnail.

My Scrapbook

The Scrapbook

Scrapbooks are a useful place to store and organise media that you have discovered within the archive that is of interest both for future reference and for sharing with other registered users. To add an item to your scrapbook, simply click on the 'add to scrapbook' link below the media window on any record page. You must be a registered user of the archive to be able to store and retrieve your scrapbooks.

When you click the scrapbook icon, you will be asked in which scrapbook you would like the item to be placed. You may either choose the 'Default Scrapbook' provided for your user account, or create a new scrapbook; simply type in a name for your new scrapbook and click the 'Create new' button. To view your scrapbooks at any time, click the 'My Scrapbook' link at the top of the page. A number of controls are provided which allow you to manage your scrapbooks and to enable other users to view them.


The archive includes many examples of moving image; dances in performance and in rehearsal. It may be that you wish to make reference to some of the extracts of dances being developed in rehearsal situations. You may wish to write about specific extracts or you may find that you are referencing them as source material when making your own dances. We encourage you to acknowledge the dancers in these rehearsal extracts and therefore suggest you use a reference when doing so as follows:

Give the name of the archive, the year it was created (2009). Give the title of the choreography where known, followed by the names of the dancers creating the dance material in brackets, in italics. Where the dance is not known, list the dancers without brackets, in italics. The permanent url for the particular extract is then provided (see 'View all metadata' to find this URL), then the date you accessed the extract.

Siobhan Davies RePlay (2009) The Art of Touch (Saxon, Old, Feldman) [online] available from < http://www.siobhandaviesreplay.com/record/index/262 >[27 June 2009].

For in-text citations, provide the name of the archive and the date: e.g. (Siobhan Davies RePlay 2009).