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


Three by Two 

By Philip Szporer Jumeaux Harold Rhéaume, Yvann Alexandre

A creative meeting of minds can provide for some dynamic moments.


Hi-Tech, Lo-Tech, No-Tech 

By Philip Szporer “Avatar”, “The Great Escape” Freya Björg Olafson, Isobel Cohen

Public and private become bedfellows in Freya Björg Olafson’s “Avatar”.


A Passionate and Bumpy Flight 

By Philip Szporer “S’envoler” Estelle Clareton

In “S’envoler” Estelle Clareton is in full flight. Definitely going against the current of most local dance productions, the work simply soars when the dancers are engaged in full-throttle movement.


A Scattered Resistance 

By Philip Szporer, MJ Thompson Festival TransAmériques 2010  Festival TransAmériques

At the outset of FTA 2010, I dream that it’s a gathering, in the sense of strangers meeting across vast fields of difference, hell bent on seeing action in light of none.

Gradimir Pankov

On Choreographers, Dancers and Life Before Les Grands By Philip Szporer

It’s a brutal, bone-chilling, windy Montréal afternoon. As a gust literally blows me indoors, Gradimir Pankov, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Les Grands), greets me with a friendly smile and open arms.


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.

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