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



By Philip Szporer PLOMB by Virginie Brunelle

Virginie Brunelle and company plumb the depths of sorrow in PLOMB.

360 Dance

Charting Cultural Values

By Philip Szporer

Over the last few weeks, Québec has been rocked by the introduction of a proposed Charter of Québec Values – it’s a divisive and heated re-evaluation of the social fabric.


FTA Chief Stepping Down

Festival TransAmériques (FTA) artistic and general director Marie-Hélène Falcon is stepping down from her position in 2014.

360 Dance

New Edifice Complex

By Philip Szporer

It’s positive news that Espace Danse Québec, the performing arts space planned for the heart of Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles, will be up and running by the summer of 2015.


Miryam Moutillet's New Dance Pavilion

Lock Danseurs founding member Miryam Moutillet inaugurates the state-of-the-art Henle Dance Pavilion, a new home for the Union College dance program in upstate New York.

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.

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