Videoworks performances on Trinity Laban eStream

Over the past year or so we’ve been busily converting and uploading recordings from the Videoworks archive to our streaming video platform. We’ve still got a long way to go before they are all available, but there are about 250 performances now online (with more being added each day).

The Videoworks archive is a vast collection of recordings of dance performances from the 1990s, and features many well respected artists and collectives. A catalogue of recordings is available here (but please note, not all of these are available online yet).

Access to these videos is only available within Laban library, to students, staff and visitors – for more details, please contact

Welcome back to the summer term!

Remember that all your loans are due to be returned or renewed by FRIDAY the 19th of April.

How do I renew my books remotely?

Books can be renewed up to 5 times unless they have been reserved by another student/staff. You can renew your books by logging into your library account by:

  • Going to the library catalogue homepage and clicking on ‘Login’ in the top-right hand corner of the page.
  • Log in with your usual username (e.g. Angelina.B12) and library password. If you are logging in for the first time the default password is ‘laban’. Once you login for the first time you can change your password to something more unique.
  • Once you have logged in, go to ‘My portal’ on the left-hand side of the page.
  • Click on ‘My loans’ where you can check which books you have out. Select which books you wish to renew and press ‘Renew’, or simply ‘Renew all’. Books become renewable 2 days before their due date.

If you have any issues you can also renew your books by calling the library, emailing us or by popping into the library.

Laban Library and Archive’s Bookmarks[i]

Laban Library and Archive’s Bookmarks is our access point to a number of internet resources which are relevant both to students and staff at Trinity Laban. It can be accessed via the blue link on the bottom left of the library homepage from anywhere with Internet access (see image below)


We use a social bookmarking service called Delicious to save and display a wide range of web resources such as links to dance and arts agencies and associations, other dance libraries and archives, journal tables of contents services, on-line publications, research catalogues, videos and so on.

What are tags?

Tags are simply words used to describe your links. They can only consist of one word. There is not a limit to the number of tags which can be added to a bookmark and they can be easily added to or removed from a bookmark.

What are tag bundles?

Tag bundles are groups of bookmarks sharing the same tag/tags. They are a little bit like subject headings to a list of internet resources.

How do I search?

There are different ways of retrieving/locating bookmarks

  • Use the search engine which goes through bookmark descriptions, notes and tags.
  • Select a specific tag bundle and browse through the listed resources.

Do I need to set up an account to search Laban library and Archive Bookmarks?

You don’t need to create a personal account in order to be able to search for our bookmarks but you will have to set up one if you wish to do the following:

  • Save your links and create your own tag bundles
  • See new links posted on delicious by those users you decide to follow (including Laban library and Archive’s bookmarks).

If you need any assistance in either saving your own links or keeping track of the users you decide to follow contact Sasi Del Bono at:

Also remember that the Delicious help page provides you with detailed instructions related to setting up your own account, saving your links, creating your stacks and keeping track of those users you decide to follow.

[i] Please note that Internet Explorer does not support Delicious.

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance

This research database provides remote access to bibliographic coverage (indexing) for  journals, books and dissertation abstracts covering the performing arts in general. It gives full text access to more than 170 journals. It can therefore be used both  as an index to printed articles located in our journal collection as well as to provide access to the full text of books and journal articles.

When searching for older material,  the  New York Public Library Catalogue (Dance Research Collection) will yield more results, from a wider range of journals.

Using eStream

Here’s a very helpful guide on how to use eStream!


What is it?

Trinity Laban eStream is a video streaming website that provides students access to recordings of classes, performances and other materials from the Laban Archive.

How can I access it?

On the library’s computers, just double click on the eStream icon on the desktop.

Alternatively, on your own computer via wi-fi or off site, use and log in using your Trinity Laban username and password. (NB. Not all videos that are available to you will be accessible via this url).

What can I see (as a student)?

On the library’s computers:

  • Class Videos (for the current academic year)
  • Class Assessments (for the current academic year)
  • Performances by students
  • Professional Performances
  • Off air recordings (ie, TV Programmes)
  • Recordings of some lectures
  • A whole load of videos from the Archive (for example the Videoworks collection)

Off Site or wi-fi (via

  • Class Videos (for the current academic year)
  • Class Assessments (for the current academic year)
  • Performances by students (from the current academic year)

I need to download a video…

Various licensing laws apply to the videos on Trinity Laban eStream, so not all materials are available to download for offline use. Currently, only class videos, assessments and performances from the current academic year are available to download (both on and off site).

All other videos cannot be downloaded by students.

We are aware that some recordings that aren’t available for download may be required for offline Research and Private Study, and are in the process of setting up a straight forward way to request videos for download, please email for further details.

Search eStream for “estreamhelp” for a screencast of how to download videos.

How long after my class will the recording be available?

A number of factors influence how long it takes for videos to become available, however we endeavor to put videos on to Trinity Laban eStream as quickly as possible, normally within a week and sometimes as fast as 24 hours.

How best to search Trinity Laban eStream

Use the “categories” page to locate videos by tutor, and utilize the sort by date filter to make the most recent videos appear first.

Alternatively, if you know the exact date of the class/performance, enter it into the search box in the format dd/mm/yyyy (i.e., 01/01/2013). There tends to be only a few recordings from each day, so hopefully you’ll be able to work out which video you require.

A screencast will be available soon with further information and useful search tips.

I can’t find a recording…

Unfortunately not everything has been recorded successfully – sometimes hardware has issues and technology lets us down. Email us details of what you are searching for, and we’ll try to help.

What is the difference between a student performance and an assessment?

We are aware that recordings could sometimes be categorized as both – the factors we use to determine the difference is whether it is apparent that the audience for the piece is obviously wider than the class – if it is, then we deem it to be a Performance, if it isn’t, it’s classed as an assessment.

How long is my video on Trinity Laban eStream for?

Recordings of classes will be available online for the duration of the academic year in which it was recorded (ie, a recording from September 2012 will be available until the end of August 2013, likewise, a recording of a class from May 2013 will also cease to be available at the end of August 2013).

Class Assessments will be archived for 3 years from the end of the academic year they were recorded, although access to these recordings will be limited after the academic year in which they were recorded (for copyright and Intellectual Property reasons).

Performances, recordings of guest lectures and resources from the Archive will remain on Trinity Laban eStream indefinitely, although, access to some may be restricted.

Useful Dates to know

Videos “expire” from the current academic year on the 31st August every year, so class videos will begin to be removed from Trinity Laban eStream.

As some videos (such as Student Performances) become unavailable to download, we would suggest that you download any recordings that you may need for personal/research purposes at your earliest possible opportunity.

I need more help, who can I speak to?

For any more help with Trinity Laban eStream, speak to Ian Peppiatt in Laban Library: (tel: 02083059336)