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

Dancefilm rising

A crowded fall festival season didn’t deter Cinédanse Montréal from muscling its way into the field with a four-day run in Septemb…


Collaborate or Perish 

By Kathleen Smith, Philip Szporer, Megan Andrews, Kaija Pepper Festival TransAmériques 2012 ROSAS, Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker, Clara Furey & Benoît Lachambre, Animals of Distinction, Le Carré des Lombes, Mélanie Demers

Against a backdrop of daily student protests and nightly casseroles gatherings, the sixth edition of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA) unfurled recently at various downtown Montréal venues.


Merry Age  

By Philip Szporer Virtuo Danse / Ghislaine Doté 

A staple in performance is the capacity to engage, and even if the observer is coolly distant from the proceedings, it’s all about pulling the audience into the rigorous discourse set forth by the choreographer. 


Calling All Angels 

By Philip Szporer Les Angèles: ces derniers bleus C'est juste lundi

Whatever drew the young Montréal-based C’est juste lundi collective to the iconic 1970s Charlie’s Angels TV series is an unstated mystery.

What's in a name?

The meaning of "Festival" By Philip Szporer

At a time when the term itself has become a tool for marketing any number of events and activities, what is at the heart of the concept? Philip Szporer talks to a variety of directors and visionaries on what “festival” means to them.

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.

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