Free 'Space to Move' event celebrates the opening of the Sybil Shearer Studio on National Dance Day, Sept. 18

  • Pictured is Sybil Shearer.

    Pictured is Sybil Shearer. Courtesy of the Morrison-Shearer Foundation/ Helen Balfour Morrison

Updated 9/13/2021 9:47 AM

The Northbrook-based Morrison-Shearer Foundation and the Lake Forest-based Ragdale Foundation mark the opening of the Sybil Shearer Studio in the new Studio House of Dance and Music with "Space to Move," a celebratory event on National Dance Day, beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18 (rain date 6 p.m., Sunday Sept. 19).

This free event will take place on the Ragdale campus, 1260 N. Green Bay Road, in Lake Forest. Following welcome remarks by Alida Szabo, Morrison-Shearer Foundation board chair and Elizabeth Boyd, Ragdale board president, will be a promenade-style dance and music performance directed by Kristina Isabelle, artistic director of Kristina Isabelle Dance.


The work, inspired by the life and work of modern dance pioneer Shearer and featuring five dancers and four musicians, will lead guests through the late-summer gardens of the Ragdale campus and culminate at the Studio House of Dance and Music, site of the new Sybil Shearer Studio.

The event will end with a post-performance discussion with Isabelle, Ragedale executive director Michael C. Cleavenger and Morrison-Shearer Foundation Executive Director Scott Lundius.

Throughout the event Bob Hercules' Media Process Group team will be securing footage to be featured in a documentary to air later this year about the creation of the new Sybil Shearer Studio.

The new Studio House of Dance and Music is designed by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects; the general contractor for the project is Jake Goldberg of Goldberg General Contracting, Inc., and landscape design is by Rosborough Partners, Inc.

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The state-of-the-art Sybil Shearer Studio and composer's studio will provide artists with space for contemplative creativity and the opportunity to explore their practice within a group of other artists and writers, with housing and meals provided during their residency.

Free parking is available in Lake Forest's Oakwood lot, located behind Lake Forest City Hall at 220 E. Deerpath Road, on the corner of Oakwood and Deerpath. A shuttle van will run every 15 minutes from 4:30-8 p.m.

To help keep guests and staff healthy and safe, "Space to Move" attendees are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing when on the shuttle and when on the Ragdale campus.

A supper box and beverages are available for advance purchase.

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