Mapping Touring

Map of Europe with various cities highlighted

This project, which Harmony began in 2014, employs archival research and data visualization to examine touring by ballet and modern dance companies in the first half of the 20th century. Whereas dance history tends to foreground famous choreographers and their most significant works, Mapping Touring suggests that scholars can look at historical figures and dance repertory differently by situating them more concretely in place and on the move. Mapping Touring thus utilizes concert programs to track dance companies’ appearances as they tour domestically and internationally, representing repertory performed as well as dates, cities, and venues of performance in a database from which to generate digital visualizations. This project is laying the foundation for future data analysis and historical research and will continue to grow throughout the lifecycle of Movement on the Move. Mapping Touring is supported by a Research and Creative Activity Grant from The Ohio State University, as well as a Battelle Engineering, Technology, and Human Affairs (BETHA) Grant.   

Mapping Touring has three key components, a database, a static map, and a route map, which you may search and explore independently by selecting the appropriate button below.


Associated Publications

  • Bench, Harmony. “Mapping Touring: Remediating Concert Dance Archives.” Dance Research Journal 51.3 (2019): 4-27.  
  • Bench, Harmony. “Arranging (enchaînement).” Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods. Ed. Celia Lury. London: Routledge, 2018. 41-46.


Consultants and Research Assistants


  • Christopher Britt  
    Student Developer  
    ASC Technology, The Ohio State University 
  • Nena Couch  
    Professor and Head  
    Thompson Library Special Collections, The Ohio State University 
  • Karen Eliot  
    Professor, Dance  
    The Ohio State University 
  • Michael Hardesty  
    Director of Application Development  
    ASC Technology, The Ohio State University 
  • Sara Murphy  
    Associate Professor  
    Thompson Library Research and Education, The Ohio State University 
  • Dustin Perzanowski  
    Web Developer  
    ASC Technology, The Ohio State University 
  • Amanda Rinehart  
    Assistant Professor, Data Management Librarian  
    Thompson Library Research and Education, The Ohio State University

Research Assistants (years active with project)

  • Gabriella Wiltz (2017)
  • Kylee C. Smith (2016-17)
  • Sheila Zeng (2016)
  • L. Archer Porter (2016)
  • Dana Podell (2016)
  • Katherine Greer (2015-16)
  • Shannon Drake (2014-15)
  • Christine Ghinder (2014-15)
  • Emily Liptow (2014-15)