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Philip Szporer

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

 
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A Moving Sound Amidst the Hedgerow: Choeur Maha at the Reford Gardens

By Philip Szporer

Sound artist, composer, and choral conductor Kathy Kennedy envisions is an eighteenth-century court dance, evoking the symmetrical sense of the garden, and using those structures compositionally for the Incantata floralis.

Hard Art

Unpacking Contemporary Performance By Philip Szporer, Janet Smith

Today’s dance practice is hugely varied – it takes inspiration from other arts, plays with developments in science and technology, embodies modes of existence that are mundane and pushes through complex philosophical and cultural thinking that is happening today. Making sense of these variable practices can be bewildering for anyone, but what do critics do when faced with unwieldy presentations? Smith and Szporer attempt a few answers, providing different ways of thinking about and experiencing contemporary performance.

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Breaking Out

By Philip Szporer

In the spectacularly popular gaming arena, dance has been marginalized due to its seemingly limited commercial viability, but that is changing.

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Sia, Shia, and Maddie: The Elastic Heart

By Philip Szporer

The new year has started off with a bang, courtesy of the Australian singer-songwriter Sia and her latest music video, Elastic Heart. The video features a warring dance by actor-turned-performance artist Shia LaBeouf and the phenomenal dance sensation Maddie Ziegler, best known for her appearance on the competition reality series Dance Moms.

 
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Reflections on 2014

By Philip Szporer

What follows is a consideration of work that I saw in 2014, listed in no particular order. It is also a message of gratitude to those creators who unfailingly push forward, break boundaries, develop their vision and create worlds in which we, as audiences, can be inspired and challenged.

 
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CINARS: Convergence and Discovery

By Philip Szporer

The biennial CINARS (Conférence internationale des arts de la scène) is an intense meeting of minds and a don’t-miss event of magnitude. Numbers speak for themselves: this year, for its sixteenth edition, over 1500 participants (presenters, producers, agents, artists) from across the country and around the world converged on Montréal for what many consider one of the most stimulating and inspiring performing arts markets around, a place in which they could build their business.

 

Le délire domestique

By Philip Szporer Le Délire Domestique

Le délire domestique by choreographer Deborah Dunn is an often absurd piece that is a response to a culture of division and the politics of domestic labour.

Perspectives

Dance Management in Canada By Philip Szporer

The recent crisis at the Foundation Jean-Pierre Perreault has opened people’s eyes to the functioning of dance administration, management and boards. Now, more than ever, Canada’s dance milieu is being forced to recognize that the business aspects of the art need to be addressed.

 

Soif

O Vertigo By Philip Szporer Soif

Thirty years of existence in a dance company’s life is more than a notable marker; it’s an achievement to celebrate and a time to pause and reflect on how the company’s dances are resonating with younger generations. Ginette Laurin’s O Vertigo hit this milestone this year, and delivered the world premiere of Soif to an appreciative hometown crowd.

 
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Dancing Through Words with Wendy Perron

By Philip Szporer

To promote her new book Through the Eyes of a Dancer, Wendy Perron, the noted American choreographer, dancer, writer and editor, participated in a lively and wide-ranging conversation with colleague Maura Keefe for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s PillowTalks.

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