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Philip Szporer


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

Short Waves

By Naomi Brand, Cindy Brett, Philip Szporer, Lucy Fandel

Alberta update; New home for Dance Collection Danse; Canadian talent at LAX

360 Dance

Home and Away

By Philip Szporer

In the first of regular monthly columns, Philip Szporer muses on watching dance at home in Montréal and away at Jacob’s Pillow.


By Philip Szporer

Barak Marshall


Yellow Towel

Dana Michel / Band of Bless By Philip Szporer Yellow Towel Festival TransAmériques 2013

Her character is very alone. The stuttering, repetitive actions and words and sounds all indicate someone who is scared, wanting to hide, and yet not.


In Museum

Marie Chouinard/Compagnie Marie Chouinard By Philip Szporer In Museum Festival TransAmériques 2013

Watching Chouinard in performance is a rare and welcome event. In program notes for In Museum the renowned performer and choreographer invokes Pythia, the prophetess of Delphi, an ancient Greek character who delivered her prophecies in a trance and a language that only priests of the temple knew how to interpret.


The World Before Them

By Philip Szporer Collective Individual Zohar Melinek / Mary St-Amand Williamson

The work of Montréal-based interdisciplinary artists Mary St-Amand Williamson and Zohar Melinek explores art and activism, protest and ethnographic exploration.

Khaos & Delirium

Images of O Vertigo By Philip Szporer

A selection of glorious images from Ginette Laurin’s KHAOS, which receives its Canadian premiere at the Festival TransAmériques in June.


Walk This Way

By Philip Szporer Corps de Walk Carte Blanche

Philip Szporer reviews Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s “roaringly good” Corps de Walk presented by the Norwegian company Carte Blanche.


The Projected Body

41st Dance on Camera Festival in New York By Philip Szporer

When the Dance on Camera Festival (DCF) beckons with its annual call for submissions, there’s generally a current of excitement that ripples through the dance-film community. Report by Philip Szporer.


Beyond Black and White

By Philip Szporer Bleu-Vert-Rouge Marie Béland (Maribé – sors ce corps)

In Marie Béland’s Bleu-Vert-Rouge, the choreographer uses the blue, green and red primary colors of light employed in colour TVs and computer monitors as the conceit of her audacious new creation in three acts.

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