A native of São Paulo, Guilherme Botelho fell in love with dance at age 14 after seeing a performance by Oscar Araiz. Five years later, he joined the Argentine choreographer at the Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Geneva, where he danced for 10 years before founding his own company, Alias, in 1994.
His choreography touches on major aspects of the human condition such as the frantic quest for love (En manque, his first work), marital abuse, social masks and genetic manipulation (Frankenstein!). The notion of fate or destiny is an ongoing theme in his work, replete with happenstance, accident or things falling from the sky (water, paper, light, plaster plates).
His set designs are often impressive, such as the cabin floating on an immobile wave in Vaguement derrière, now part of the repertoire of the Tanztheater Bielfield. While his most recent piece, Iyouhesheitweyouthey, follows along the lines of Sideways Rain in its more abstract theatrical dynamic, the principle of repetition both adhere to was already apparent in Approcher la poussière and Le poids des éponges.
Some twenty of his Alias works have been presented on four continents, and he is a much sought-after choreographer. He created a Roméo et Juliette for the 25th anniversary of the Ballet junior in Geneva, and worked with that company from 2008 to 2010. He has been collaborating with the young ballet again in 2012 for a piece called Documento with music by electro composer Murcof. His pieces are also regularly restaged by important city ballets such as the Ballet from Theater Bielfeld in Germany which has been producing a new version of Vaguement Derrière in 2010 and restaged Le Poids des éponges in April 2014.
To search for unexplored, hidden and unusual angles: to go for a quest for what is left unsaid and to put in motion the inner debates. Dance, as a middleman between I and the world. To search for a jet of truth into improvisations, individuality and freedom through a close collaboration with accomplice performers.
To search for a meaningful beauty.
Since its creation, Alias has produced around 20 performances that met an international success as attested by almost 600 performances in over twenty countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America.