Philip Szporer

Editorial Advisory Committee, Contributor

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

Nadine Medawar / Photo courtesy of Regroupement québécois de la danse
On the Ground

Arts to Politics and Back Again

By Philip Szporer

Philip Szporer and Nadine Medawar, the new director of the Regroupement québécois de la danse, talk about the future of the organization and how it will tackle social issues and connect with the rest of Canada.

Dance artists in Peña’s 6.58: Manifesto / Photo by Bobby Leon

Andrea Peña’s 6.58: Manifesto Examines The Body As a Site Through Which Societies Create an Oppressive System

Set in a post-industrial reality, the piece conveys a darkly dystopian universe, where dread is omnipresent and free will has faded away By Philip Szporer

“Numerous theorists have written about the development of capitalism and the politicization and mechanization of our bodies, yet I don’t think I’ve ever contemplated these concerns in alignment with a dance work,” writes Szporer.

Savoie / Photo by Rolline Laporte

Remembering Pierre-Paul Savoie, Founding Artistic Director of PPS Danse

Pierre-Paul Savoie was a pro. Nimble in mind and body, feisty and funny. I knew him initially (now more than 35 years ago) – when I was a budding dance writer and he was a student in Concordia University’s dance program.

Allcock in Fear of Dancing / Photo courtesy of Taro PR

When Dancing Is a Total Nightmare

Fear of Dancing follows filmmaker Michael Allcock, whose fear of dancing keeps him on the sidelines By Philip Szporer

The Toronto-based filmmaker Michael Allcock is terrified of dancing. In his feature documentary Fear of Dancing, Allcock is front and centre, detailing his views on dancing, which he sees as an affliction.


Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur to Produce Ten Dancefilms Over Two Weeks

Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS)’s online project will run July 5 through September 6, highlighting the work of Quebec-based artists.

Welcome to Tap Dance Land

By Philip Szporer

Andrew Nemr, artistic and executive director of Vancouver Tap Dance Society, or VanTap as it is popularly known, believes an education in tap must include an education in the dance form’s complex cultural histories.

Rachel Harris / Photo by Jeremy Gordaneer

Extricating Liveness During COVID-19

Thea Patterson’s Silvering in Confinement By Philip Szporer

Philip Szporer reviews Thea Patterson’s digital performance, Silvering in Confinement, confronting disconnection in our virtually connected, COVID-19 world.


Dystopian Impressions

Marie Béland’s Beside By Philip Szporer

Fragmentation immediately pervades Marie Béland’s imaginative Beside, a collaboration of maribé - sors de ce corps and Montréal Danse.


A Quizzical Assortment

Three choreographers remix Melanie Demers’ Cantique By Philip Szporer

When you let other choreographers remix your work, radical shifts can result, bringing into question cultural practice

On the Ground

Slicing Through Identities

By Philip Szporer

Discussing her newest creation, CUTLASS SPRING, Dana Michel speaks about the inspiration behind her experimental and intimate exploration of sexuality within identity.

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