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Philip Szporer


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


Shifting Ground, Growing Concepts

Idea-Based Dances at Tangente By Philip Szporer

Tangente’s three-week-long event, Idea-Based Dances (in French the title was Idéodanses), heralds the choreographic methods and tools used during the postmodern Judson Dance Theater movement in New York, as well as by the French non-dance movement from the mid-1990s, both associated with breaking codes of representation, leaving aside movement, and integrating other disciplines into performance.

A Snap from the Festival Transatlantique

By Philip Szporer

Getes Dé/libérés by Zab Maboungou: Montréal: September 17-20, 2009

The Little Big Festival

By Philip Szporer

Festival of New Dance: St. John’s: July 21-26, 2009; Gerry Morita, Andrew Tay, Isabel Mohn, Susie Burpee, Aimée Dawn Robinson, Jennifer Dick, Claudia Moore, Deborah Dunn

Gauging Presence

By Philip Szporer

Nuit_Nacht_Notte by Jocelyne Montpetit Danse: Montréal: October 27-31, 2009

Gradimir Pankov

10 Years at Les Grands By Philip Szporer

Gradimir Pankov marks ten years as artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal this year. With strong connections to the European ballet scene, he has been putting a unique signature on the company.


Gauging Presence 

By Philip Szporer “Nuit_Nacht_Notte” Jocelyne Montpetit Danse

Jocelyne Montpetit’s “Nuit_Nacht_Notte” moves at its own pace, harbouring the haunted, brooding sympathies associated with nocturnal apparitions and imaginings.


New Creators on the Montréal Scene 

By Philip Szporer Danses buissonnières – Classe 2009 & “Surface” Floating Seed Productions

Tangente’s annual Danses buissonnières project invites proposals from emerging choreographers – mainly recent graduates of college and university programs. 


Two Snaps from the Festival Transatlantique 

By Philip Szporer Maboungou and Muriva  Zab Maboungou, Gibson Muriva

Two welcome evenings of contemporary African dance greeted audiences at the seventh edition of the Transatlantique Festival, co-produced with Montréal arts interculturels.  


The Little Big Festival 

By Philip Szporer Festival of New Dance  Festival of New Dance

There is no definitive formula for running a dance festival, but in the scheme of all things, the St. John’s Festival of New Dance is infused with the boldness of what might be described as a little big festival.  


Bodies: Concrete, Multiple and Diffuse - Part 2 

By Megan Andrews, Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté Festival TransAmériques 2009  Festival TransAmériques

For the 2009 edition of the Festival TransAmérique in Montréal, Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté and I each contributed impressions and reflections. Here’s Part 2. 

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