Help & FAQs

The Siobhan Davies Archive contains thousands of fully searchable electronic records of moving image, still image and text.

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.

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

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Search Tips and Advice 

About the Media Available

Video and Moving Image

My Scrapbook



Register/ Login

In order to register, click on ‘Register’ along the top toolbar, you will be asked for your Email address and to create a Password. Enter these and then click the ‘Register’ button. You will receive an Email Confirmation upon registering.

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Once you have ‘Registered’ you can ‘Log In’. Click on the ‘Log In’ tab at the top left of the screen above the Siobhan Davies Dance logo. Enter your email address and password and click ‘Log In’. If you mis-type your details, then an error message will be displayed. However, if you've entered the correct information, you will be forwarded to your dashboard.

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The Keyword search box is found at the top right 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.

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Or navigate using the ‘Dance Works’ tab along the top menu bar. Click on this tab to search by 'Dance work'.

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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

Viewing Text Content

Once you have typed a keyword into the search engine. You will get a list of results, which you can then filter and sort through to refine your search. To view a record’s content such as programmes, flyers, articles etc., click on the image thumbnail within the record page to open the record.

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The record will open in your existing web browser window. All programs, fliers, articles, documents, images etc.,  will be stored under ‘Additional media’. All information on the dance work such as Title, Production Date, Summary etc., will be listed below under the ‘Information’ tab.

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All ‘Related media’ will be listed down the right hand side. Click on any image thumbnail to take you to a ‘Related work’.

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To download any documents on the current record, click on ‘Document’ shown under ‘Additional Media’ in the main window and then on ‘Download’ at the top right. A PDF will appear at the bottom left of your screen.

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Double click on the Pdf to open it and navigate through multiple pages, either using 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 on the bottom right of the screen, 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.

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Viewing Images

To view images full size, 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.

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Video and Moving Image

Viewing Video

To search for ‘Moving Image’ enter the name of a dance work into the search engine at the top right of the page. ‘Filter and Sort’ will appear  down the left hand side, with a list of records sorted by relevance down the right hand side. To sort by ‘Category’ click on ‘Moving Image’ and that number of results will appear down the right hand side. Click on the thumbnail of the dance work you would like to view.

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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.

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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.

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Video Preview Stills

Video preview stills are created during the video encoding process and record a series of frames for every 5 seconds of video material encoded.

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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 create your own Scrapbook click on ‘My Scrapbook’ at the top left next to the ‘Log out’ tab or at the bottom under the ‘Quick Links’ tab. To review your scrapbook at any time, re click the 'My Scrapbook' link.

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To add a record to your scrapbook, simply click on the ‘Add to scrapbook’ link above the ‘Related media’ list on the top right hand side.  You must be a registered user of the archive to be able to store and retrieve your scrapbooks.

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When you click the scrapbook icon, it will say ‘Add record’ , ‘To a new scrapbook’ and ask you to ‘Name’ it for your reference. Once you have named it, click ‘Create’.

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You can add multiple records to your ‘Existing Scrapbook’ by repeating the above process. You can also create ‘New Scrapbooks’ if you want to group records by category for example; simply type in a name for your new scrapbook and click the 'Create new' button.

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Each time a new record is added to your scrapbook you will get a notification in a black box pop up at the top right hand corner of your screen.

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To view your scrapbook click on ‘My Scrapbook’ on the top menu bar. You will open your Scrapbook and be able to view multiple saved records.

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A number of controls are provided which allow you to manage your scrapbooks and to enable other users to view them. To share your scrapbook with other users, click on the record to highlight it, then a series of icons will appear along the top, including a grey portrait figure. Click on this icon and click ‘Groups and Individual Users’.

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Type in their email address and click ‘Add’. This will share your scrapbook with them.

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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 < >[27 June 2009].

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