"Choreography and the Archives: Preservation, Tradition and Innovation from Sybil Shearer through the Present"

Event Type
Event Description

Dance choreographers gain inspiration for new dances in a variety of ways: sometimes re-creating or re-imagining the work of a choreographer who has come before; other times shattering all norms and traditions to break new ground.

In this program, four dancers and choreographers will discuss their varied approaches to creating new dances. They will offer wide-ranging perspectives on incorporating dance traditions found in archives or historic film footage, as well as using their knowledge of dance practice to break away from tradition and attempt something completely new.

Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the influences and creative processes that go into new dance design.


Jan Bartoszek

Ella Rosewood

Melissa Thodos

Luis Vazquez

Hedy Weiss

Cosponsored with The Morrison-Shearer Foundation, which perpetuates the legacy of dancer-choreographer Sybil Shearer and photographer Helen Balfour Morrison as an inspiration for new creativity in the arts.

Running Time
90 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Newberry Library

60 W. Walton St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-9090