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


Patchwork but Persistent 

By Philip Szporer, Kaija Pepper, Kate Cornell, Bridget Cauthery, Marie Claire Forté Canada Dance Festival 2004  Canada Dance Festival

It’s been a rough road for the Canada Dance Festival this year, first facing funding shortfalls, and subsequently narrowing the programming to fourteen performances, down from thirty-one two years ago. Organizers of the tenth edition, not willing to relinquish much else, splashed the slogan “Dare to turn up the heat” in riposte. 


Deconstructing Hitchcock 

By Philip Szporer "Blackmail" Deborah Dunn, Trial & Eros

“Blackmail” is Deborah Dunn’s first full-length choreography since “The Birds”. Here, she isn’t pirating, but rather is inspired to deconstruct another Alfred Hitchcock film.


Inscrutable Reflections 

By Philip Szporer "Narcisse en Silence"   Mariko Tanabe Danse

In Greek mythology, the beautiful Narcissus discovered his image in a pool, fell in love with himself, and not being able to find consolation, died of sorrow by the same pool. While the myth may be imprinted in our collective unconscious, Montréal-based dancer and choreographer Mariko Tanabe’s “Narcissus” is hardly conventional.  


Expressive Geometry  

By Philip Szporer Adela, Mi Amor José Navas, Compagnie FLAK

Inspired by the writing of Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, and in particular his most political dramatic work “La casa de Bernarda Alba”, José Navas finds common ground with the playwright in that he wanted to respond to what he calls the “non-dance” that he sees produced in the Québec milieu.


Unplugged and Inside-Out 

By Philip Szporer Débranché PPS Danse

Fashioned not unlike a television reality show, “Débranché”, PPS Danse’s new production, evokes the highly disposable but hugely popular genre that drives commercial television worldwide.

In the Making

By Philip Szporer

Speed: The Velocity of a Gesture: Suzanne Miller and Allan Paivio


By Philip Szporer

Sparkplug Company: bjm (Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal) danse ignites

Searching for Dance

By Philip Szporer

FIND-Lab Part 1 by Philip Szporer (Festival International de Nouvelle Danse: Montréal: September 30-October 12, 2003: Uncollected Work by Crystal Pite; Field: Fiction and Farther Out by Crystal Pite; The Backtrack by Tammy Forsythe; Existencia by João Fiadeiro; Duo Pour Corps et Instruments by Danièle Desnoyers; Incidence chorégraphique 46”00”05, Project 1, Road chorégraphique by Manon Oligny)

Inscrutable Reflections

By Philip Szporer

Narcisse en Silence by Mariko Tanabe Danse: Montréal: April 7-10, 2004

A Middle Eastern Take on Le Sacre

By Philip Szporer

L’oeil et la Nuit, A program of works by Motaz Kabbani: Montréal: October 31, 2003: Prélude à l’Apres-midi d’un Faune; Ritual #5; Le Sacre du Printemps