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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

 
360 Dance

Transcending Cultures

By Philip Szporer

Emerging from a complex political history in the twentieth century, the spirit of Czech independence comes to fruition in the contemporary performing arts community in Prague.

 

Antigone Sr.

Trajal Harrell By Philip Szporer Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church (L) Festival TransAmériques 2014

As choreographer Trajal Harrell tells the audience at the start of the show, his series Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church, comes in eight sizes. We were about to see Antigone Sr., which is the large variety. Regardless of the size, the proposition remains the same: “What would have happened in 1963 if a voguer from a New York house ball strutted downtown to Greenwich Village from Harlem to perform alongside the collective of Judson Church postmodernists?”

 

Klumzy

Nicolas Cantin with Ashlea Watkin By Philip Szporer Klumzy Festival TransAmériques 2014

Nicolas Cantin seems to like things to percolate. In Klumzy, everything is set on a low simmer. The choreographer embraces a gentleness of spirit – something that he’s adopted in his work since last year’s CHEESE, a piece that grappled with ideas about memory.

 
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The Wonder of Motion

By Philip Szporer

If you’re an adventurous internaute and love the act of online discovery, the announcement that the New York Public Library (NYPL) has digitized over a thousand hours of dance videos marks a thrilling moment in time.

 
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Living Breathing Dance

By Philip Szporer

It’s rare that a dance artist means so much to so many people. Margie Gillis is that exception.

 
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Team Spirit

By Philip Szporer

For the last week, I, along with billions of people around the world, have been following the pageant of the Olympic Winter Games.

 

Cracking Nuts

By Philip Szporer The Nutcracker Maria Kefirova

Bulgarian-born, Montréal-based Maria Kefirova’s new solo, The Nutcracker, addresses the interdisciplinary cross-fertilization of sound and movement, and the body’s readiness and capacity to absorb and deflect outside interference.

 
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Banging on the Ceiling

By Philip Szporer

Dance’s increasingly precarious ecology is creating a scary time for young choreographers, especially those with great expectations.

 
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2013 Round-up

By Philip Szporer

Our online regional editor in Montréal shares his favourite dance performances in 2013.

 

NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”)

Lara Kramer Danse By Philip Szporer

In Lara Kramer’s NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”) topics of racism, intoxication and substance abuse among native women in Canada are front and centre.

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