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Anthem for the Living

Anthem for the Living

The Eight Propositions

The Eight Propositions

Til 120, Again

Til 120, Again

Slaughterhouse/Requiem

Slaughterhouse/Requiem

Fable

Fable

Waltz

Waltz

Speaking English

Speaking English

Blue Solo, Joni

Blue Solo, Joni

Anthem for the Living


Anthem for the Living


 

CREDITS

Choreographer: Sharon B. Moore

Composer: Alexander Balanescu

Costume Design: Katharine Mallinson

Performer: Belinda McGuire

Premiere: New York City, 2011 - “The Heist Project”

Length: 21:00

About the Work: Stirring, mysterious and tremendously physical, Moore’s Anthem for the Living unleashes deep layers of McGuire through textured and magnetic movement, which synthesizes dance, theatre and circus to music by Alexander Balanescu.

 

Slaughterhouse/Requiem


Slaughterhouse/Requiem


 

facing this;

being a part of it all;

the body as both a vessel and an artifact;

our wants and losses;

being replaceable;

the beauty of a vase the moment before it hits the floor;

how fragile it all is;

pre-emptive mourning;

the reverence for good things that never came to be;

things that overstay their welcome;

the accumulation of artifacts that make a monument;

being forgotten;

once you are born, you immediately start to die.



CREDITS

Choreographer: Belinda McGuire

Composers: Arvo Pärt, Michael Gordon and Alfredo de Angelis

Costume Design: Belinda McGuire

Set Design: Belinda McGuire

Lighting Design: Solomon Weisbard

Projection Design: Michael F. Bergmann

Premiere: Toronto, September 22, 2017 - “Belinda McGuire: Waltz Slaughterhouse Requiem”

Performer: Belinda McGuire

Length: 34 minutes

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. 

 

Til 120, Again


Til 120, Again


 

In Hebrew this expression is a blessing for one’s birthday, to live as long as 120 years of age.

Til 120.

1 belinda.

1 plastic flower bag.

1 video camera.

37 destinations.

Everyday is a birthday.


CREDITS

Choreographer: Idan Sharabi

Composer: Frederick Chopin

Premiere: Toronto, 2015 – “Three Muses”

Performer: Belinda McGuire

Costume Design: Katharine Mallinson

Film: Belinda McGuire and Idan Sharabi

Length: 8:00

About the work: Titled with reference to the Israeli blessing wishing one a long and full life, Sharabi’s newest solo for Ms McGuire is a reflection upon the passage of time, of hope and the journey toward deeper personal authenticity, set within the elemental beauty of Chopin’s Nocturne In F Sharp Minor, Op. 48. Til 120, Again was created as an echo of Til 120, another solo commissioned of Sharabi, which premiered as a part of “The Desert Island Project” in 2008.

 

The Eight Propositions


The Eight Propositions


 
 

“Even in a stark studio setting, without benefit of theatrical lighting, dancer Belinda McGuire is riveting.
Her lithe body pulses with potential. It explodes into complex sequences of spiralling turns and jutting arms that suddenly give way to moments of intense stillness. Every movement is clearly articulated and purposeful, even when McGuire seems to be riding a wave of momentum.”
- Michael Crabb, Toronto Star
“Reaching her arms out, with her dark hair flying, Ms. McGuire uses momentum to whip in and out of twists that place her body on a ragged edge of control. There are stops and starts; she arches her back, allowing the fine muscles of her shoulders to glimmer, nearly ghostlike, in Kate Ashton’s lighting. Even though it ends up where it starts, there is a hint of mystery along the way.”
- Gia Kourlas, New York Times


CREDITS

Choreographers: Emio Greco, Belinda McGuire and Pieter C. Scholten

Composer: Jerome Begin (original composition)

Costume Design: Belinda McGuire

Lighting Design: Kate Ashton and Pieter C. Scholten

Performers: Belinda McGuire

Premiere: New York City, 2011 - “The Heist Project”

Length: 17:00 (approximately)

About the Work: The Eight Propositions was created collaboratively by Greco, McGuire and Scholten via ICKamsterdam with sound design by Jerome Begin. Originating from spherical imagery, McGuire etches each segment in space, defining the content, boundaries and dancer within. The purely physical, geometric approach yields a human expression of goals, challenge, effort, relativity and identity. All the elements of a performance – the space, lighting and sound – drive impulses from the body and self-examination.

 

Fable


Fable


 
 

CREDITS

Choreographer: Belinda McGuire

Composer: Richard Wagner (from “Tristan und Isolde”)

Costume Design: Belinda McGuire

Performer: Belinda McGuire

Premiere: New York City, 2008 - “The Desert Island Project”

Length: 12:00

About the Work: Fable, set to the love duet from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, captures the anticipation, acceptance, enjoyment and disillusionment of a dark fate.  A signature work, Fable captures McGuire’s movement identity most effectively - full-bodied, physically rich, and musical. 

 
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Waltz


Waltz


 

In search of moments which marked the course of a life.  An attempt by the body to revive and feel again that which was for a time pleasant or brutally intense.  Caught between the necessary availability of movement and the desire to bring out what is now part of oneself.  Does memory interfere with our ability to fully understand the present moment?

 

À la recherche de moments qui ont marqué le parcours d’une vie. Une tentative du corps à revivre et ressentir ce qui fut pour un temps agréable ou brutalement intense. Prise entre la nécessaire disponibilité du moment et le désir de faire ressurgir ce qui fait maintenant partie de soi. La mémoire interfère-t-elle dans notre capacité d’appréhender pleinement le moment présent.



CREDITS

Choreographer: Sylain Émard

Composer: Martin Tétreault (original composition)

Costume Design: François St. Aubin

Lighting Design: André Rioux

Premiere: Toronto, September 22, 2017 - “Belinda McGuire: Waltz Slaughterhouse Requiem”

Performer: Belinda McGuire

Length: 17:00

 

Blue Solo, Joni


Blue Solo, Joni


 

CREDITS

Choreographer: Idan Sharabi

Composer: Joni Mitchell, with sound editing by Idan Sharabi

Premiere: New York City, 2011 - “The Heist Project”

Performer: Belinda McGuire

Costume Design: Belinda McGuire

Lighting Design: Kate Ashton

Length: 5:00

About the Work: Blue Solo, Joni stirs the spirit and nuance of Joni Mitchell’s work, transferring the simplicity, truth and shade of her music into the reality of live movement.

 

Speaking English


Speaking English


 
 

CREDITS

Choreographer: Doug Varone

Composer: J.S. Bach

Costume Design: Belinda McGuire

Premiere: Toronto, 2015 - “Three Muses”

Performer: Belinda McGuire

Premiere: Toronto, December 2015

Length: 4:30