Belinda McGuire x Maya Orchin x Belinda McGuire & Rebecca Margolick

Les Grands Ballets' Studio-Theatre September 14, 2023

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Anthem for the Living was choreographed by Sharon B. Moore in 2011, as part of the Heist Project in New York. Performed by Belinda McGuire, the solo fuses dance, theatre and circus arts in a burlesque, mysterious, restless, unpredictable, and vibrant atmosphere. Anthem for the Living celebrates the depths of humanity through textured and magnetic movements, on a music from Alexander Balanescu.

Dea draws its inspiration from the play Nostra Dea (Our Goddess), created by playwright Massimo Bontempelli. In the play, the hero has no memories. Multiple identities, traits and appearances meet on this constantly renewed blank slate. Without any sense of self or past, Dea bridges the gap between humans and puppets. Playing on and disrupting the original piece, Dea questions our sense of self and of others with evolving identities and renewed behaviours.

The Other Half is a collaboration between Vanessa Goodman and Belinda McGuire as they revisit the shared muscle memory of their youth as a starting point to create a new duet that views their physicality through the prism of an immune system.

The shared antibodies of their past fuse with a new collection of pathogens to play off the harmony and conflict of two bodies as familiar with one another as they are foreign. By working to see the world through each other’s eyes in “The Other Half” they find ways to re-compose and re-experience what it is like to be one another.


  • Venue : Les Grands Ballets' Studio-Theatre
  • Producer / Presenter : Festival Quartiers Danses
  • Duration : 20 min + 15 min + 20 min
  • Please note : the Studio-Théâtre de l'édifice Wilder is located at 1435 rue de Bleury, not far from Place des Arts.
  • Choreographers : Sharon B.Moore (Anthem for the Living); Maya Orchin et Stefanie Nelson (Dea); Vanessa Goodman (The Other Half)
  • Programming : subject to change without notice
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