biography

Belinda McGuire is an American-Canadian dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, based in Brooklyn. Her choreography has been supported by the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and presented across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A former student of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, she completed her formal education at The Juilliard School.


Established in 2007, Belinda McGuire Dance Projects (BMDP) supports the research, development, production, and presentation of international and collaborative multidisciplinary dance performance as a means to stimulate the conscientious capacity of wide-ranging publics through exposure to creative experimentation and artistic excellence. Through BMDP, Belinda has commissioned and performed in world premieres by Kate Alton, Sylvain Émard, Andrea Miller, Sharon Moore, Idan Sharabi, Doug Varone, and Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten. In 2013, she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in The Heist Project. Additionally, Belinda has performed as a company member for Doug Varone and Dancers, Gallim Dance, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Anne Plamondon, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY and The José Limón Dance Company, appearing on stages across Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States. 

Residencies for BMDP include Centre de Création O Vertigo, Éspace Marie Chouinard, ICK Amsterdam, James Sewell Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada, New Dialect, NYSCA & CALQ Artist-in-Residence Exchange Program, ODC San Francisco, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Springboard Danse Montréal and The Yard. She has taught and choreographed for Brooklyn Ballet, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, Juilliard, The Limón Institute, Marymount Manhattan College, Canada’s National Ballet School, NJDTE, Tisch at NYU, and SUNY Purchase.

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about the work

Slaughterhouse/Requiem explores the thrilling and frightening, reassuring and intimidating, grounding and unsettling proposal that “every day is a gift”.  

This 34-minute solo dance work unfolds in three chapters, each shorter and more distilled than the last, the same story through a starkly alternative lens.  Chapter I features music from Arvo Pärt’s Berlin Mass, Chapter II an orchestra of air raid sirens composed by Michael Gordon and Chapter III a melancholic and sweet tango waltz by Alfredo de Angelis.

Through the live dancer (and the myriad vestiges, reflections and impressions of herself which exist within and pass through the work) wrangle with connections between pre-emptive mourning, nostalgia, and the fleeting awareness that life is happening now. 

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