2017 Events

Friday January 20, 2017 – Saturday April 15, 2017
Photographing Freetowns
The Newberry Library

The Morrison-Shearer Foundation has gifted the Newberry Library rare black and white photographs taken by Helen Balfour Morrison, circa 1935. The "Photographing Freetown" exhibition explores the life of African-Americans in depression-era Kentucky, highlighting life in Kentucky's freed-slave hamlets.

"Photographing Freetowns" will open Friday, Janury 20, 2017 and run through Saturday, April 15, 2017. Admission to the exhibition and all related programming is free.

"Photographying Freetowns" is sponosred by the Morrision-Shearer Foundation, Joan and Robert Feitler, and the Rosaline G. Cohn Endowment for Exhibitions.

www.newberry.org/photographing-freetowns

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2015 Events

News: Chicago Tribune DANCE REVIEW: 'Chicago Inspired' from Thodos Dance Chicago

"...Its seven works, often only tenuously associated with the city of big shoulders, include a world premiere, a Chicago premiere and Sybil Shearer's wonderfully musical, witty two-piece "A Salute to Old Friends," first performed by Thodos last November."

Read the review at
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/dance/ct-thodos-dance-review-20150222-column.html

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News: Thodos Dance Chicago will perform at Skidmore College at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Skidmore Dance Theater. The performance will highlight two Skidmore graduates and renowned choreographers: Melissa Thodos and Sybil Shearer.

http://www.saratogian.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150130/thodos-dance-chicago-to-perform-feb-7-at-skidmore-college

http://www.skidmorenews.com/?p=7016

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Saturday, February 7, 2015  8:00 pm
Thodos Dance Chicago
Skidmore Dance Theater

Adults $15
Seniors/Skidmore Community $10
Students $5

Sybil Shearer graduated from Skidmore College in 1934. Eighty-one years later her legacy returns to  Skidmore as  fellow alumnus, Melissa Thodos and Thodos Dance Chicago performs two of Sybil’s seminal works.  The performance will include a gallery exhibition of historic photos of Sybil Shearer taken by her long time artistic collaborator, and noted photographer Helen Balfour Morrison.

Thodos Dance Chicago is “Breathtakingly athletic,” “powerfully beautiful,” and performs “vibrant choreography”. Founder/Director, Melissa Thodos is a Skidmore alum. The company will perform “A Light in the Dark,” based on the life of Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan, as well as bring new life to works created by modern dance pioneer Sybil Shearer, a 1934 Skidmore alum.​

http://skidmoredance.org/category/dance-events/spring-2015/

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2014 Events

Saturday, November 29, 2014  7:30 pm
Sybil Shearer’s Choreography comes alive at the Auditorium Theatre
Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605

As part of the Auditorium Theatre’s 125th Anniversary Season Made in Chicago Dance Series, Thodos Dance Chicago will perform three extraordinary works by modern dance pioneer Sybil Shearer.

The 1961 Time Longs for Eternity, considered Shearer’s finest group dance will be re-created and will feature the original electronic score by James Cunningham. In addition Sybil Shearer’s remarkable performance of the circa 1956 solo dance A Salute to Old Friends, Walter Terry and A Salute to Old Friends, Agnes de Mille will be re-staged by Sybil Shearer company dancer, Toby Nicholson, and will include the newly re-mastered historic film of Sybil Shearer’s remarkable performance of A Salute to Old Friends, Agnes de Mille captured by Helen Balfour Morrison.

The concert will also feature a special ode to the Windy City’s famous 1983 World’s Fair with Thodos Dance Chicago’s critically acclaimed story ballet, The White City: Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1883. Created by TDC Founder and Artistic Director Melissa Thodos and Tony-award winning choreographer Ann Reinking and set to Bruce Wolosoff’s Songs Without Words, The White City was named “Best Dance Performance” by the Chicago Sun-Times (2011). The story is based on actual events surrounding Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 as depicted in the best-selling Erik Larson novel, Devil in the White City.

 

To Purchase Tickets and for Information:

A special 30% discount will be offered for a limited time only for our Friends:
Online Information: http://theaud.us/SYBILMSF
Ticket Prices (includes 30% discount): $33 & $48
Password to access offer: SYBILMSF
30% Discount/Offer Ends: 
Friday, October 24 at 11:59 PM

Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605
Box Office: 
General/Customer Service: 312-341-2310
Patron Services and Handicapped Accessible Seating: 312-341-2389
Group Ticket Sales: 312-341-2357 
Box Office Hours:
Monday through Friday 12(noon) to 6pm

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Thursday, May 1, 2014   7:00 – 8:45 pm
Out of the Vault 2014: 
First Steps, The Early Works for Ruth Page and Sybil Shearer

Chicago Film Archives, Columbia College, Chicago
Columbia College's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor, Chicago, IL
Free Admission.

  Thanks to all those who made it out to last night's program! and a HUGE thanks to our post-screening panel...pictured from left to right: Toby Nicholson (Morrison-Shearer Foundation), Carol Doty (Morrison-Shearer Foundation), Zachary Whittenburg (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Dolores Lipinski Long (Ruth Page Center for the Arts) & Patricia Klekovic (Ruth Page Center for the Arts)
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Out of the Vault 2014: First Steps is a film program to be presented by Chicago Film Archives at Columbia College. The films will look at the early years of two dancers who chose Chicago as their base, Ruth Page and Sybil Shearer.

A post-showing discussion will be moderated by Zachary Wittenburg of Hubbard Street Dance and will include Toby Nicholson and Carol Doty from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation, and Dolores Lipinsky and Patricia Klekovic from the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/current-events/out-of-the-vault-2014-first-steps

 

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2013 Events

Sunday, November 11   7:00 pm      
Spiritual Vision in Modern Dance
Screening of "Spiritual Visions in Modern Dance: Sybil Shearer"
in Los Angles California

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014  1:00-2:30 pm
Dance Historian Is In Screening Series with David Vaughan
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening Room

David Vaughan will introduce films of dances by two visionary modern dance soloists, Sybil Shearer and Katherine Litz.

The program will take place in the Third Floor Screening Room, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Program subject to change.
SEATING IS LIMITED, available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 12:30pm.

http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2014/05/28/dance-historian-screening-series-david-vaughan

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Saturday, November 28, 2014
Roosevelt University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration
Thodos Dance Chicago will be performing two works by Sybil Shearer, In a Vacuum and Time Longs for Eternity as part of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.
http://voices.suntimes.com/arts-entertainment/the-daily-sizzle/michelle-obama-rahm-emanuel-celebrate-auditorium-theatres-125th-anniversary/

Brian "Lucky" Skillen (Choreographer/Dancer/Director), Sue Bolea (Presenter/Board Member, Morrison-Shearer Foundation), Laurie Yehia (Visual Artist/Corporate Consultant), Stephan Koplowitz (Producer/ Director/Choreographer/Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts.

  On a fall Sunday night, a small gathering of artists, filmmakers, musicians and dancers came together in a beautiful setting in Laurel Canyon, CA to view films of modern dance maverick Sybil Shearer, filmed by Helen Balfour Morrison. Sue Bolea, former dancer with the Sybil Shearer Company and founding Morrison-Shearer Foundation Board Member introduced the film, Spiritual Visions in Modern Dance.

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September 20, 2013      [View Photos From This Event]     
Thodos Dance Chicago performs Sybil Shearer’s In a Vacuum
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago

Sybil Shearer's In a Vaccuum was danced by
Jessica Miller Tomlinson

 

Longtime dance and music collaborators Thodos Dance Chicago, led by Artistic Director Melissa Thodos, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project, led by Artistic Director Stephen Burns, team up once again to present a retrospective evening titled New Music and Dance. The concerts highlight was a reprise In a Vacuum, Sybil Shearer’s solo masterwork. Morrison-Shearer Trustee, and former Shearer company member Toby Nicholson, re-created the choreography for In a Vacuum. Shearer's solo is set to Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky's "Goldenberg and Schmuyle" from Pictures at an Exhibition arranged for trumpet and piano performed by Burns and Fulcrum Point pianist Kuang-Hao Huang.

IN A VACUUM – Known Chronology of Performances

Read Review of September 20, 2013 Performance

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April 15, 2013      [View Program Notes From This Event]
Spiritual Vision in Modern Dance: Sybil Shearer
Shown at the Cinema Project, Portland Oregon

Trustee Sue Bolea (on left) in Portland with the volunteers of Cinema Project for the viewing of "Spiritual Visions of Modern Dance: Sybil Shearer."

Dancer-choreographer Sybil Shearer (1912 - 2005) has been described as a "dancer's dancer" by critic Walter Terry, with her "technical skill, creative independence, and unpredictable innovations." A pioneer of modern dance, Shearer made her critically acclaimed solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 1941, after which she moved to Chicago where she taught at Roosevelt College and worked independently, close to nature, and in her own unorthodox way.

Of the films presented in this program, which span the years 1940 to 1960 in both black-and-white and color, there is no theatrical stage or dramatic lighting. As the solo dancer fills the frame, we discover surprising gestures and steps along the studio floor and witness intuitive bends and sways as with the wind and tall grass in the garden. The images are informal yet studied, demonstrating both the physical and psychological power of Shearer's performances.

The fragile film elements containing these images—shot by Shearer's filmographer and artistic collaborator Helen Balfour Morrison—have recently been preserved by Chicago Film Archives with assistance from the Morrison-Shearer Foundation. As part of this program, Cinema Project welcomes former dancer with the Sybil Shearer Company Susan Bolea to discuss Shearer and her work.

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Monday, February 4, 2013      [View Photos From This Event]
Lunchtime Discussion
Susan Manning & John Neumeier


Luncheon 11:30 am • Program 12:15 pm
The Arts Club of Chicago 201 E. Ontario, Chicago IL

The Hamburg Ballet, one of the world's greatest companies, makes its Chicago debut at the Harris Theater on 1-2 February 2013. The company will present the Chicago premiere of Nijinsky, based on the life of the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky and created by acclaimed American ballet dancer and choreographer John Neumeier, the company's Artistic Director. Neumeier and Susan Manning, Professor of English, Theatre and Performance Studies at Northwestern University, will discuss Neumeier's career, the process of creating Nijinsky, and his profound and formative friendship with the late choreographer Sybil Shearer. The program will be introduced by Carol Doty, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Morrison-Shearer Foundation.

Reservation required by Monday, January 21. Limited Seating.
Tickets which include lunch are $22, payable by check to the Morrison-Shearer Foundation.
Morrison Shearer Foundation
401 Lee Street
Northbrook, IL 60062

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2012 Events

October 10, 2012      [View Photos From This Event]
Sybil Shearer: The Legendary Life of an Elusive Dancer
at Roosevelt College 1942–1951

Dramatic reading from Shearer's autobiography, films photos, conversation and light refreshments.
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Roosevelt University
Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash Ave
Room 317, Chicago, IL

RSVP Melinda Aguilera: maguilera@roosevelt.edu or 312 341 3805

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August 18, 2012      [View Photos From This Event]
A Summer Soiree: Celebrating Sybil Shearer’s Centennial
Featuring Hedwig Dances, hors d’oeuvres & silent auction
6:30 to 9:30 PM
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL   Map
Tickets: $25.00
            $10.00 children and students
In support of the Morrison-Shearer Scholarship Fund
Reservations suggested

Friends of all ages are welcome to join us at the Morrison-Shearer Foundations first ever Summer Soiree! Former Sybil Shearer Company member and current Trustee Toby Nicholson is chairing the event, which includes performances by talented New Trier students and the critically acclaimed Hedwig Dances. Join us for a joyful celebration of Sybil Shearer's talent, whimsy, and creativity.

Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone (847-291-9161), or in person at the Foundation. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.

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June 14, 2012
The Legendary Life of an Elusive Dancer: Dramatic Readings & Book Release
Without Wings the Way Is Steep: The Autobiography of Sybil Shearer, Volume II
The Midwest Inheritance

6:30 to 8:00 PM
The Book Stall, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL   Map
Open to the public

The Morrison-Shearer Foundation is excited to announce the publication of the second volume of Sybil Shearer's three-volume autobiography: Without Wings the Way Is Steep. In celebration, we invite you to a staged reading of the book with refreshments and plenty of good company at the Book Stall at Chestnut Court. This all-ages event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 847-291-9161 or info@morrisonshearer.org

 

 

 

 

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