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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

Zab Maboungou

In Conversation By Philip Szporer

On the occasion of the 24th International Association of Blacks in Dance conference, performer, choreographer, philosopher and keynote speaker Zab Maboungou talks colonization, drumming and the African diaspora.


Remembrance of Things Past 

By Philip Szporer EESTI: Myths and Machines / Of Good Moral Character Peter Trosztmer / Lara Kramer

There are those rare performances that fill you up so that you’re brimming, stoked by the integrity of the work, or perhaps elated with a feeling of reflection. Such is the case with Peter Trosztmer’s EESTI: Myths and Machines (Eesti is the Estonian for Estonia).


Welcome to The Kingdom Gentlemen’s Club 

By Philip Szporer Danse à 10 La 2e Porte à Gauche

The 2e Porte à Gauche group’s got a knack for getting dance out of traditional theatres and reinventing strategies in unusual places.


Until Silence 

By Philip Szporer Jusqu’au silence Sophie Corriveau

If you like your dance presented in a mixed media production, then Sophie’s Corriveau’s Jusqu’au silence is just for you.  


Patterns and Collisions 

By Philip Szporer Complexe des genres Virginie Brunelle

The cheeky opening to Virginie Brunelle’s Complexe des genres is a keeper: three oddly disjointed bodies, wearing white tutus, are seated, nude backs to the audience.

An Ambitious Course

Master Plan for Dance in Québec By Philip Szporer

In a policy document spanning 134 pages, Le Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) has launched its Master Plan for Professional Dance in Québec 2011-2021.


Festival TransAmériques 2011

By Philip Szporer, MJ Thompson Festival TransAmériques 2011

Montréal residents Philip Szporer and MJ Thompson engage in a dialoque around their Festival TransAmérique 2011 experiences.


Cool Complexity 

By Kathleen Smith, Philip Szporer Untitled Édouard Lock, La La La Human Steps

Two reviewers argue about Untitled, the newest work by Édouard Lock and La La La Human Steps here in Toronto.


Charting His Course 

By Philip Szporer “Question de souffle et de vie” Roger Sinha

When it comes to celebrating a twentieth anniversary, what better way to usher in the milestone than a packed house of well-wishers?


One Miss, One Hit  

By Philip Szporer “Icônes, À VENDRE”, “Junkyard/Paradis” Manon Oligny, Mélanie Demers  

A sinking sensation set in as I watched Manon Oligny’s latest work, “Icônes, À VENDRE” (Icons, FOR SALE), part of the Danse-Cité-produced Traces Chorégraphes series.

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