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The Global Performing Arts Consortium (GloPAC)

GLOBAL PERFORMING ARTS CONSORTIUM (GloPAC) is an international organization of institutions and individuals committed to using innovative digital technologies to create easily accessible, multimedia, and multilingual information resources for the study and preservation of the performing arts. GloPAC provides information and data on the performing arts. An online multimedia, multilingual database of images and videos, with related information. Web-based learning and resource environments with multimedia exhibits on specific topics. 

The East Asia Program has played a part in GloPAC and its major projects from the beginning. The late Karen Brazell, Professor of Japanese Literature and Theatre at Cornell, former Director of the East Asia Program, and a founding member of the Cornell East Asia Series press, was the founder of GloPAC and the Principal Investigator on both the multi-year research projects that developed the Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) and the Japanese Performing Arts Resource Center (JPARC). The Cornell University Library developed and maintain the technical systems for the online database, and numerous EAP and Cornell faculty, staff, and students have contributed expertise, photographs and videos, and research to these projects. JPARC was developed substantially through a 2007-2009 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to the Cornell East Asia Program. 

JPARC - The Japanese Performing Arts Resource Center
example sections of the JPARC site


is a bilingual, collaborative website that aims to make Japanese performing arts accessible to a wider audience. JPARC presents “modules” or collections of webpages devoted to specific topics such as important theatrical figures or readings and productions of a single piece. The site includes sections for the analysis of certain topics, multimedia articles, and reference materials such as glossaries, bibliographies, browsing indexes, and timelines. 

Selected JPARC sections are:

  • Noh & Kyōgen
  • Kabuki
  • Puppetry
  • International—Japanese Theatre in the World
  • Playwrights and Texts
  • Theatre Prints and Illustrations
  • Stages, Scenery, Props
  • Costumes and Makeup

All sections in JPARC use materials from GloPAD, the online, multilingual database of media objects and their information. JPARC’s searchable content includes media-annotated scripts, essays, slide shows, annotated videos, virtual reality models, timelines, maps, glossaries, and bibliographies. 

JPARC offers three levels of depth: 

  • Learning Modules contain introductory information for anyone interested in exploring fundamental aspects. Examples: Virtual Noh Stage; Introduction to Bunraku. 
  • Research Modules contain in-depth articles for researchers. Examples: Noh as Performance; Scenery and Props. 
  • Reference Resources contain bibliographies, a glossary of terms, and browseable lists of pieces, performers, translations, and locations 

Some of the rich multi-media sections of JPARC have been built with material from Cornell EAP events and activities. This is so for the dance techniques of the kabuki theatre video resources and the photo essays on the Awaji puppet tradition


Video of Bando Kotoji performing the piece Sambaso. GloPAD Production record 1001464.

GloPAD - the Global Performing Arts Database
examples of GloPAD record pages


is a web-accessible multimedia, multilingual database containing digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects (such as 3-D images) related to the performing arts from around the world. Participating archives and researchers are able to contribute and describe their artefacts through an online editors' system. GloPAD's public interface provides a user-friendly search and authoritative performing arts information in six languages:

  • Русский
  • 日本語
  • Deutsch
  • 中文
  • Français
  • English

Each image, video clip, sound recording or other media object has its own record and is linked to informational records on piece, people, or performances, productions, and places. Records are available in English, Chinese, German, Japanese, and Russian.

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