Ella Rosewood Dance
Choreography, performance, and education based in Brooklyn, NY.

No Peace On Earth

No Peace on Earth (1947)
Choreographed by Sybil Shearer

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Image of Sybil Shearer in "No Peace on Earth" (1947).

 
 

No Peace on Earth (1947)
Choreography by Sybil Shearer
Staged by Toby Nicholson with permission of the Sybil Shearer Foundation
Danced by Ella Rosewood
Music by Alexander Scriabin: Prelude OP 11, No. 10 in C Sharp Major
Costume by Elena Comendador after the original 


Sybil Shearer (1912-2005) burst upon the modern dance scene in October 1941 in a solo debut at Carnegie Hall that received rave reviews and an award from critic John Martin as the year’s most promising solo choreographer. Already setting a radical new direction in modern dance, she came to believe that New York was no place to develop dance as an art.

In 1942 she left New York for the new Roosevelt College in Chicago, where she was given the freedom to work independently, close to nature, and in her own unorthodox way. Within a month of her arrival, she met Helen Balfour Morrison, the photographer who became her artistic collaborator for the next forty years. Thus began a career of one of the finest dancers of the 20th century, though deemed “elusive,” and “rarely seen.”

Shearer formed the Morrison-Shearer Foundation in 1991 to perpetuate their artistic legacy. Under the auspices of the Foundation, she brought Susanne Linke, the German expressionist dancer, to Chicago in 1991 to perform at the Harold Washington Library. In 1993 she arranged a tour to Germany for the 20th anniversary of the Hamburg Ballet, whose director, John Neumeier, had been a member of the Sybil Shearer Company in the 1960s. In February 2005 she danced publically for the last time at the Art Institute of Chicago, interpreting Matisse in the "Artists and Dance" program, just nine months before her death at the age of 93.