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AusStage - Phase 6

Visualising venues in Australian live performance research. This project aims to construct a two- and three-dimensional visual interface and digital curatorial space, improving the existing AusStage open-access live performance database. This new interface, ‘Phase 6’, will create visualisation infrastructure, map relationships between Australian artists, audiences and venues, and collaborate with leading performing arts collections to foster compatible models and projects. Expected benefits are better understanding of the physical parameters of live performance and improved decision-making for metropolitan and regional communities about managing theatre sites and venues.

About AusStage

AusStage provides an accessible online resource for researching live performance in Australia. Development is led by a consortium of universities, government agencies, industry organisations and collecting institutions with funding from the Australian Research Council and other sources.

Australian companies stage some of the most ambitious and innovative live performances, projecting images of Australian culture to audiences here and overseas. AusStage records the significance of these artistic collaborations and stimulates new approaches to collaborative research.

AusStage is committed to collecting and sharing information about Australian live performance as an ongoing, open-access and collaborative endeavour. Our project office and server infrastructure are housed at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Our users come from across Australia and around the world.

By sharing our knowledge through AusStage, we can learn more about Australian performance than ever before.

Who uses AusStage?

AusStage welcomes contributions from many users - from artists, spectators, producers, agents, students, teachers, researchers, librarians, archivists and the public. 

Researchers and students use AusStage to develop new knowledge about live performance in Australia and to assess the contribution that live events make to the nation's cultural vitality and international image.

Companies, artists and reviewers use AusStage to find out who's doing what in the live performance industry. Librarians, archivists and museum staff use AusStage as a source of information on items in their collections and to assist the public with enquiries.

Researchers in universities, performing arts organisations and government agencies are working with AusStage to map patterns of live performance over time and space, to explore networks of artistic creativity in the performing arts, and to create opportunities for audience research and development.

What's in AusStage?

AusStage is an event database of Australian live performance. Information about performances is recorded in six main ways:

  • Events - A distinct happening defined by title, date and venue.
  • Venues - A place where an event happens, a building or a geographic location.
  • Contributors - An individual who contributes to creating, performing or producing an event.
  • Organisations - A group or company involved in creating, performing or producing an event.
  • Resources - Reviews, programmes, photographs, videos, books, articles, collections that relate to events.
  • Works - The abstract conception of an event, typically a play script or score.

The extent and coverage of the AusStage database is described in their Data Scope. The number of records entered into the AusStage database is presented in the online Analytics. The structure of the database is further described in Data Models. All this information is available online through the AusStage website.

Funding agency

Australian Research Council – Linkage (Infrastructure)

Project duration

January 2017 - December 2017


Dr Jonathan W. Marshall

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