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Without Wings the Way Is Steep:
The Autobiography of Sybil Shearer,
Volume II
The Midwest Inheritance

SYBIL SHEARER, “one of the world’s foremost dancers and choreographers” and a “near legendary figure,” abandoned New York in 1942 and made a surprise move to Chicago. There and in nearby Northbrook, her secluded way of life gave an air of intrigue to her rare public appearances. Soon critics from New York and across the country were coming to Chicago to see her work. Here this “elusive mystic” tells her own story from 1942 until 1984, when her longtime artistic collaborator, photographer Helen Balfour Morrison, died.

Also prominent is New York Times critic John Martin, who followed her work from its beginnings at Benington, where they met in 1934. Dance devotees, historians, and others will find much to savor in the book’s roster of noted dancers, artists, critics, and academics of the time. Foreword by John Neumeier, director of the Hamburg Ballet in Germany.
[506 pp, photographs, published 2012, $25]

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Without Wings the Way Is Steep:
The Autobiography of Sybil Shearer,
Volume I
Within This Thicket

This earlier volume focuses on Shearer’s years at Skidmore College, at Bennington Summer School of the Dance, and as a dancer in New York with Humphrey-Weidman and Agnes de Mille. A companion DVD narrated by Shearer includes films of her dances.
[342 pp, DVD, published 2006, $20]

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