The Pellaton Experience
Turning oral history into an interactive information network
Ursula Pellaton (*1946) is a walking encyclopedia of Swiss dance history. Her enthusiasm for dance began in 1963 with a performance of "Giselle" in Zurich. That was the beginning of her many years of involvement with dance, which has accompanied her ever since as a journalist and historian, among other things.
She shared a lot of her knowledge in 16 hours of video recordings that were the basis for a biography in traditional book form. However, both video and book are limited by their linear narratives that differ from our experience of history as a living network of people, places, events, and works of art. Based on a longer excerpt from the recordings and its transcript, we would like to turn this oral history document into a comprehensive online experience by creating a navigable interface and augmenting the video with supplementary information and material.
Contact: Birk Weiberg, Swiss Archive of the Performing Arts, email@example.com
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