East Asia Program Cornell University
Performing Arts Database
Cornell is the institutional home to the Global Performing Arts Consortium (GloPAC), an international organization committed to compiling multimedia information about the performing arts that is easily accessible on the web. GloPAC uses digital technologies to create resources for the study and preservation of performing arts worldwide and stores these images, texts, video clips, and sound recordings on GloPAD (Global Performing Arts Database). This database is built in six languages—Japanese, Mandrin, Russian, German, French, English—with the capacity for additional languages. Anyone anywhere can access it freely: www.glopac.org.
Director Karen Brazell sowed the first GloPAC seeds in 2000 when she imagined an inclusive and cumulative web-based resource maintained by professors, research associates, and institutions around the world dedicated to the performing arts. GloPAD is an organic database. It is build to grow and morph as more modules of information are contributed. The multinational advisory board welcomes contributions of materials and ideas for expansion.
Brazell's development team made the GloPAD database even more user-friendly by organizing the digitized images and essays according to a specific focus. At a workshop held at the National University of Singapore in 2005, co-organized by Joshua Young, director of the project, the PARC (Performing Art Resource Center) concept took shape. The first pilot PARC is a Japan-focused subset of GloPAD data, known as JPARC: www.glopad.org/jparc.
Private collections account for substantial modules, including Brazell’s vast materials on Noh drama and the Awaji Puppetry images collected by Jane Marie Law. GloPAD/JPARC’s commitment to education as well as preservation means that all images are accompanied by scholarly explanation that are cross-referenced throughout the database.