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Philip Szporer

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Philip Szporer is a Montréal-based freelance writer, filmmaker and lecturer. Recipient of the 2010 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, Scholar-in-Residence at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and a former Pew Fellow at UCLA, Philip contributes to Tanz. Media productions include Byron Chief-Moon: Grey Horse Rider, Quarantaine, and the stereoscopic film, Lost Action: Trace

Philip Szporer's Work

The Enchanted Spaces of Isabelle Van Grimde

By Philip Szporer

Over her thirty-year practice, Isabelle Van Grimde has remixed dance and technology, exchanging insights and ideas and working across disciplines. Szporer sat down with the Belgian-born, Montréal-based choreographer to discuss her introduction to movement, the beginnings of Studio 303, her company Van Grimde Corps Secrets and her newest work, Eve 2050, which utilizes technology as “a form of magic.”

In Review

By Valeria Nunziato, James Oscar, Rachel Silver Maddock, Aparita Bhandari, Philip Szporer, Fawnda Mithrush, Molly Johnson, Mark Mann, Grace Wells-Smith

The Dance Current reflects on a year of dance criticism, by placing image and text together

 

Songs for a Nervous System

Jean-Sébastien Lourdais’ Bleu By Philip Szporer

Lourdais’ work is concentrated on somatic states and he speaks in the programme notes about “refin[ing] the body’s state of awareness.” What’s clear in Bleu is the importance of touch.

 

Blurry Reverie, Retinal Rivalry

Dana Gingras’s anOther, in collaboration with Sonya Stefan and Group A By Philip Szporer

The arrival of anOther, by Montréal-based choreographer Dana Gingras, in collaboration with Sonya Stefan and Group A, signals a turning point in the intersection between dance, media and an immersion into cosmic speculation and sci-fi realm. The work is ambitious in its conception and execution, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Magnetic Candour

By Philip Szporer

It’s easy to be charmed by Céline Cassone, principal dancer and artistic coordinator for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

 

Provocative Impressions

Skeels Danse’s Rose of Jericho By Philip Szporer

Philip Szporer offers this follow up to his review of Skeels Danse and Tentacle Tribe – “Sizing Up a Double Dose of Summer Dance.” At the time of publication the works were still in progress. This completed version, presented by Danse Danse, allows for view of the piece in its mature form.

 

Sizing Up a Double Dose of Summer Dance

Skeels Danse and Tentacle Tribe in Saint-Sauveur By Philip Szporer

What does it mean to (p)review evolving choreography? Philip Szporer reflects on two works-in-progress from the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveur.

 

Impressions from Montréal's Festival TransAmériques - Part I

Three works from Frédérick Gravel, Manuel Roque and Eszter Salamon By Philip Szporer

Mini-reviews of works in Montréal’s Festival TranAmériques (FTA) - Gravel’s Some Hope for the Bastards, Roque’s bang bang and Salamon’s Monument 0: Haunted by the War (1913-2013). Part one of two of The Dance Current’s FTA 2017 coverage.

Sylvain Émard in his own work Le chant des sirènes / Photo by Sylvie-Ann Paré
 

An Enduring Presence

By Philip Szporer The Song of the Sirens Sylvain Émard

Sylvain Émard returns to the stage after a fifteen-year absence with a new work that highlights his continued mastery of a soft and vulnerable onstage presence.

Wilder Espace Danse / Photo by Maxime Brouillet
 

Digging the New Digs

Wilder Espace Danse complex, a new centre for dance training and performance, opens in Montréal.

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