Virtual Study
Database and on-line services
of the Theatre Institute
Video Library
Theatre and Ensemble/Company 
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Video Library module

The Video Library module is a catalogue of the Arts and Theatre Institute’s video library.

It contains basic information on audiovisual recordings of primarily domestic but also foreign theatre productions, documentaries related to theatre, artist portraits, and theatre events. The library contains information on the authors of the original works and the basic creative team (directors, choreographers, stage designers).

Whenever we acquire a new audiovisual record, we verify the data and enter it into the database. We also enter data for older records on an ongoing basis.

The video library contains 15,310 records.

In the video library catalogue, you can search

  • by part of the production title (e.g. king (král))
  • by part of the theatre's name – enter any word from the theatre's name for a list of all variants of the name in the theatre's history; you can choose a specific variant of the theatre's name indicated by the time range (Divadelní společnost Petra Bezruče Ostrava od 97 - "od" = "since").
  • by part of the name of a foreign theatre using the same field ("Theatre") as for Czech theatres; this displays only those records matching the name without taking into consideration the historical context. City names must be entered according to the common Czech version of the name (e.g., Paříž not Paris).
  • by person's name (persons contained in the source documentation: author of text, composer, director, stage designer, costume designer, or choreographer); other theatre professions, including actors, are not contained in the database. You may enter just the first few letters of the surname - for faster searches, it is better to enter the full name (in the form surname, name - Čapek, Karel)
  • by type of record (by checking the box on the right) - this way, you can limit your search to just documentaries or just foreign productions
  • by genre – limit your search to a certain genre (speeds up searching).
  • by a combination of the above

As a rule, diacritical marks do not play a role in fulltext searches or title searches. They do, however, make a difference when filtering interim search results (theatre, person's name). In order to filter interim results (fields with drop-down menu), the information is entered into the field and the choice can be confirmed by clicking or checking the selection and choosing OK.

    Besides using the mouse, you can also navigate through the interim results with your keyboard:
  • Left / Right (arrows) = move to preceding / next row
  • Insert = select row + move to next row
  • PageDown / PageUp = move to preceding / next page
  • Home / End = move to first row of first page / last page

The selected records are ordered in descending order according to date of premiere - the ordering can be changed (ascending and descending) by clicking on the header of any column.
By checking several/all productions (options appear by clicking on the arrow in the top left) and choosing which kind of information will be displayed ("Place on detail" - bottom left), you can create a batch list of productions containing the desired information ("Show selected").
The basic information for all selected records can be exported ("Export") as a table in Excel or other format.

The checked records can be stored ("Insert to box"), where you can find them the next time you open the database from the same computer (the "Box" tab above search field). This function also enables the batch printout or export or records stored from several searches. When storing a large number of records, it is a good idea to empty the storage prior to saving additional records ("Remove from Box").

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