The Digital Video Research Archive
of Morris, Sword, and Clog Dancing
at Boston University

English and American Performances 1912-present

For general users, there are three ways to traverse the content of the archive.

(1) Group/genre search will retrieve video performances based on kinds of performance and the teams that perform them.
Click here to search via performance groups and genres.

(2) Unstructured text search will perform keyword search on six kinds of categorical description: location of performance; occasion or festival; name of performer(s); characters represented; name of dance; name of tune played; general comments.
Search using unstructured text:



For Advanced Search Options, Click Here
(Some general search terms: Morris; Annual Festivals; Longsword; Processions; Rapper; Ceremony; Clog; Parades)

(3) Summary knowledge explores selected archive themes.


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The Digital Video Research Archive is a research initiative built on the work of Anthony G. Barrand and Francisco J. Ricardo, Ph.D. (UNI '99) at Boston University. Its foundation is a unique thirty-year chronological record of change and non-change of dance movement and accompaniment-style through aging and generational replacement of dancers. This library comprises several thousand performances whose material is searchable through a simple but multilayered interface intended to support both basic search and more complex hermeneutic research in this area.

Read below for more information.
  >>About the Collection
  >>Teams/Groups Available Online
  >>Technical Description of the DVRA (PDF)