offoffoff dance
 RELATED PROJECTS

      







 ADVERTISEMENT













Site links
  • OFFOFFOFF Home
  • About OFFOFFOFF
  • Contact us

    Get our newsletter:
     
    Search the site:
     


    Dance section
  • Dance main page
  • Dance archive

    Current dance


  • 277DanceProject: This is Heaven to Me
  • A.W.A.R.D. Stars
  • Aaron McGloin: Lamina
  • Aaron McGloin: Native
  • Akiko Furukawa: Room 702
  • Alley of the Dolls [this is not a Sequel]
  • Anchors and Ties
  • Aretha Aoki and Benjamin Kimitch
  • BAADass Women Festival
  • Banana Peel Dance: Dinner Party
  • The Barnard Project 2010
  • Batsheva: Hora
  • Belinda McGuire
  • Bennyroyce Royon: Chronos Project
  • Bloom: City
  • Body Collider: Bare Knuckle High Fashion
  • Brian Brooks
  • Brian Brooks Moving Company 2012
  • Bryn Cohn: Skin
  • Burr Johnson
  • Chavasse Dance and Performance
  • Chris Schlichting: Stripetease
  • ChristinaNoel and the Creature
  • Chunky Move: Faker
  • Chunky Move: Mortal Engine
  • Cool NY 2011
  • Cool NY 2012
  • Current Sessions: 03Savings
  • The Current Sessions: Volume 1
  • Da-on Dance: Thirst
  • Dance Apocalypse: Solos
  • Dance Gallery 2013
  • Dance Gallery 2015
  • Dance Gallery Festival
  • Dance Gallery Festival 2012
  • Dance Now 2015
  • Dance Sampler 2
  • DanceNow 2011
  • DanceNow 2011 Two
  • Dancenow 2012
  • DanceNow 2013
  • DanceNow 2014
  • DanceNow 2016
  • Daniel Gwirtzman: The Oracle
  • DaOn Dance: Root
  • David Appel and Daniela Hoff: Take Root
  • The Dinner Party: A Whodunnit Cabaret
  • Donnell Oakley: Sure
  • DorothyAnnieMaria
  • Doug Varone and Dancers 2017
  • Dumbo Dance 2010
  • Dumbo Dance 2011
  • Dumbo Dance Festival 2012
  • Faye Driscoll: Thank You for Coming
  • Faye Driscoll: There is so much mad in me
  • Faye Driscoll: You r Me
  • Festival Twenty Ten
  • Festival Twenty Ten Too
  • FLICfest 2012
  • FLICfest 2013
  • Fresh Tracks 2010
  • Fresh Tracks 2011
  • Gallim: Sit, Kneel, Stand
  • Gerald Casel: Fluster and Plot
  • Gotham Dance Sampler 1
  • Green Space:
    Take Root

  • HATCHed WAX: two to view
  • Heather Olson: Shy Showoff
  • Hilary Easton: The Constructors
  • Hurricane Party
  • Hyperbolic!
  • Jeanine Durning: To Being
  • Jenni Hong: Mach.com
  • Jody Oberfelder: The Soldier's Tale
  • John Jasperse: Canyon
  • Jonah Bokaer: Rules of the Game
  • Jonathan Pratt
  • Julian Barnett: Sound Memory
  • Julie Bour: Why Now?
  • Katie Workum: Black Lakes
  • Katie Workum: Fruitlands
  • Katie Workum: Herkimer Diamonds
  • Katy Orthwein and Aaron McGloin
  • Keigwin and Wolcott: Places Please
  • Keigwin+Company 2012
  • kerPlunk and Friends
  • Kidd Pivot: Dark Matters
  • Kota Yamazaki: Rays of Space
  • Kyle Abraham: Heartbreaks and Homies
  • Larry Keigwin: Exit
  • Lincoln Center Kenan Fellows
  • lmno3:BANGS
  • Lucy Guerin: Structure and Sadness
  • Lucy Guerin: Untrained
  • Magda and Chelsea: The Vulgar Early Works
  • Mari Meade and Companies
  • Mari Meade and Gierre Godley
  • Mari Meade and Teresa Fellion
  • Mari Meade: Not My Home
  • Mark Dendy: Labyrinth
  • Mark Dendy: NYny Astor Place
  • martha clarke: angel reapers
  • Martha Graham Company 2016
  • The Median Movement: JACK Rally
  • The Median Movement: X
  • Mei Yamanaka Works: Sunflower
  • Merce Cunningham
  • Miguel Gutierrez: And lose the name of action
  • Mina Nishimura
  • MokdessiWagner and Kawamura
  • Nathan Trice: Recognizing Women Project
  • Neta Dance: 2280 Pints!
  • newsteps 2013
  • newsteps 2014
  • Newsteps 2017
  • Nicole Wolcott: 100 Beginnings
  • Nicole Wolcott: Paper Pieces
  • NLD: The Whiz
  • Ori Flomin: First Move
  • Oui Danse: French Amour
  • Patricia Noworol Dance: Circuits
  • Performance Mix 2013
  • Performance Mix Festival 2010
  • Petronio 2012
  • Petronio: Underland
  • Pina Bausch: Vollmond
  • ponydance: Anybody Waitin?
  • Project RUIN
  • Purchase Company 2013
  • Ralph Lemon: How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?
  • Raw Directions 2012
  • Raw Directions 2013
  • Relative Soul: Two Takes
  • Richard Move: Martha 1963
  • RoseAnne Spradlin: beginning of something
  • Sam Kim: Sister to a Fiend
  • Sarah Skaggs Dance: The New Ecstatic
  • Sarah Skaggs: Roving 911 Memorial
  • SeNSATE
  • Shannon Gillen & Guests: Clap for the Wolfman
  • Shannon Gillen: A Colored Image of the Sun
  • Shen Wei Dance Arts
  • small apple co.
  • Splice: Japan
  • Stephen Petronio 2014
  • Stephen Petronio 2015
  • Stephen Petronio 2016
  • Stephen Petronio: LLD 430
  • Strange Love: Episode 5
  • Take Dance
  • Take Root: Mei Yamanaka and Angel Chinn
  • Tere OConnor: Bleed
  • This One Goes Out To You
  • Tiffany Mills Company
  • Tiffany Mills: After the Feast
  • Triskelion Collaborations
  • Two at Abrons
  • Two at Dixon Place
  • Tykulsker Cora
  • tykulskerdean
  • Valerie Green/Dance Entropy
  • Valerie Green: Impermanent Landscape
  • Walter Dundervill: Candy Mountain
  • Wave Rising 2011
  • William Forsythe at BAM
  • William Forsythe: Decreation
  • Women in Motion 2012
  • Wrought Iron Fog
  • Yoshiko Chuma and Rebecca Lazier
  • Zvidance: Dabke+Coupling
  • ZviDance: Zoom

    Archive


    Complete archive, 1999-present

    2016-2017 reviews:

  •  REVIEW: BELINDA MCGUIRE

      from Anthem for the Living in Belinda McGuire
      Photo by Julie Lemberger
      from Anthem for the Living
    Light or Dark, Funny or Not

    Belinda McGuire dances a show of solos at Joyce SoHo and calls it The Heist Project

    By QUINN BATSON
    Offoffoff.com


    One image stays from Belinda McGuire's Joyce Soho solo show, The Heist Project; as she walks through the stage, she is lit and unlit as if by a light turning off and on. It is a powerful visual and a good metaphor for McGuire's dancing and stage persona. Her ability to go instantly from light to dark, still to explosive, silly to deep, is impressive and continually startling. The show itself is structured this way as well, with two deeper pieces interrupted by a lighter piece in two parts.

    BELINDA MCGUIRE
    Choreography by: Emio Greco, Belinda McGuire, Pieter C. Scholten, Idan Sharabi, Sharon B. Moore.
    Dancers: Belinda McGuire.
    Music by: Jerome Begin, Alexander Balanescu, Joni Mitchell.
    Costumes by: Belinda McGuire, Katharine Mallinson.
    Lighting design by: Kate Ashton.
     SCHEDULE
    Joyce SoHo
    December 1-3, 2011

      
    The Eight Propositions seem somber and tortured, as if each is a tough choice. Choreographed by EG|PC (choreographer Emio Greco and dramaturg Pieter C. Scholten) and McGuire, with music by Jerome Begin and dark lighting by Kate Ashton, this solo carries weight. McGuire moves sporadically in curving explosions of rotation, walking slowly in between (as in the lightswitch image) or standing still as if waiting for the next jolting bolt of movement. It is an interesting mix of resignation and powerful effort, or calm and turmoil.

    This mix seems part of McGuire's wiring as well. One moment she looks angelic, glowing like a happy baby, and the next she is a dervish, spinning or erupting fast and large enough to tear herself apart. It is a jarring contrast and one that repeats itself throughout the evening in each of the three choreographies.

    McGuire light and dark, from Anthem (L) and Propositions (R) in Belinda McGuire
    Photo by Julie Lemberger
    McGuire light and dark, from Anthem (L) and Propositions (R)

    Blue Solo, Joni, choreographed by Idan Sharabi, takes a Joni Mitchell song and plays with it, often teasing little bits of literal movement from the lyrics. It is apparently light, a sort of palate-cleanser before the next piece.

    Anthem for the Living, by Sharon B. Moore, is possibly darker than Propositions, though it is also silly, so it is hard to tell. An opening moment, with a long rope slipping through the grasp of a sleeping McGuire, is beautiful and haunting: is it her last chance or even life itself disappearing through her hands? Other rope images are more literal and less compelling, like the fake extraction through her mouth or the fairly unshocking hanging noose, but they do imply pain and tragedy. Moore choreographs for film and circus, which explains some of this, but it is still an odd mix. McGuire, though, throws off flashes of virtuosity from nowhere, blasting fast jumps or other large explosive devices so quickly they seem improbable. The power in her body is remarkable, as is the sheer volume of movement in this piece and the evening, but even with strong music by Alexander Balanescu, this anthem ultimately feels weightless.

    Blue Solo, Joni, part 2, takes the evening out in a disappointingly unfinal finish, but there is a moment that strikes deep and could be an ending in itself: as McGuire noodles and plays, all of a sudden the lyrics and movement come into focus at the word, and the feeling, "blue", and the lights and the mood dip to blue, truly reflecting the sadness underlying Mitchell's song. It is a powerful moment, but it is allowed to pass, in effect negated by continuing. The overall impact suffers for it, but this seems to be a theme of the evening, intentionally or not.

    DECEMBER 21, 2011
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK



    Post a comment on "Belinda McGuire"