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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

 

A Certain Selection of Dance 

By Philip Szporer, Marie Claire Forté Festival TransAmériques  Festival TransAmériques 

This May marked the inaugural program of the Montréal-based dance and theatre event, Festival TransAmériques. To cover the dance programming at this year’s premiere event, The Dance Current invited writers Marie Claire Forté (Ottawa) and Philip Szporer (Montréal) to exchange their views in an e-mail conversation. Here are their evocative and emphatic impressions.  

 

Dance As a Metre of the Times 

By Philip Szporer "Amjad" Édouard Lock

Édouard Lock’s new revisionist ballet, Amjad, has a way of messing with our heads. Those who mistakenly expect that Lock’s current choreography draws on the signature barrel turns and the sexual ambiguity of his work in the 1980s will be sorely disappointed. And for those interested to see how he has continued his exploration of the classics of the ballet repertoire, there will be expectation. 

 

Reconnections 

By Philip Szporer A mixed progam by Gaétan Gingras  Gaétan Gingras

Iroquois-Mohawk by ancestry, but cut off from his roots for most of his life, at fourteen Gaétan Gingras learned that his maternal grandparents were aboriginal. The truth had been hidden for many years.  

Artist and Critic in Virtual Dialogue

By Philip Szporer, Pamela Newell

Being Susan Sontag by Pamela Newell: Montréal: November 16-19, 2006

Reconnections

By Philip Szporer

A mixed program by Gaétan Gingras: Montréal: March 7-10, 2007 – Manitowapan; Mon Père M’a Raconté/My Father Told Me

An Unwieldy Opus

By Philip Szporer

Bas-reliefs: un diptyque by Marie-Josée Chartier: Montréal : December 6-16, 2006

 

An Unwieldy Opus 

By Philip Szporer “Bas-reliefs” Marie-Josée Chartier

It all began from a fascination with pioneering visual artist Betty Goodwin’s “Swimmers” series from the 1980s. From this source, in which Goodwin drew, using graphite, charcoal and oil pastels, on a kind of translucent paper, dancer-choreographer Marie-Josée Chartier conceived a multi-disciplinary mega-production, “Bas reliefs: un dyptique”.  

 

Doubles territoires 2/Split Stage 2 

By Philip Szporer New works by Peter Trosztmer and Ségolène Marchand  Peter Trosztmer, Ségolène Marchand

The performance began outside the theatre. Conceptual pieces of printed, bent metal stuck on wooden planks were suspended along the corridor walls leading to the theatre. Inside, bent bicycles in tormented shapes hung from the walls and ceiling.  

 

Artist and Critic in [Virtual] Dialogue 

By Philip Szporer, Pamela Newell “Being Susan Sontag” Pamela Newell

A conversation between critic Philip Szporer and choreographer Pamela Newell about her recent work “Being Susan Sontag”. With all due respect, they didn’t hold back. 

 

Two Takes on the Same Show 

By Philip Szporer, Lys Stevens “Take it Back” Solid State

Solid State’s new work, “Take it Back”, is a dance that crosses boundaries, re-sourcing the language of hip hop and the Lindy, presenting elements of street dance and swing in a theatrical setting.  

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