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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

Master Plans

Charting Canadian Dance By Megan Andrews, Brittany Duggan, Philip Szporer

Three major policy and research projects around dance are currently being rolled out across the country. The Regroupement québécois de la danse’s Master Plan, the Canadian Dance Assembly’s I Love Dance/j’aime la danse campaign and the Canada Council for the Arts Dance Office’s Mapping Dance Project all seek to achieve a better understanding of Canadian dance culture in order to describe it, protect it and promote it.

A Passionate and Bumpy Flight

By Philip Szporer

S’envoler by Estelle Clareton

Hi-Tech, Lo-Tech, No-Tech

By Philip Szporer

Avatar by Freya Björg Olafson; The Great Escape by Isobel Cohen

Writer’s Statement

By Philip Szporer


Three by Two 

By Philip Szporer Jumeaux Harold Rhéaume, Yvann Alexandre

A creative meeting of minds can provide for some dynamic moments.


Hi-Tech, Lo-Tech, No-Tech 

By Philip Szporer “Avatar”, “The Great Escape” Freya Björg Olafson, Isobel Cohen

Public and private become bedfellows in Freya Björg Olafson’s “Avatar”.


A Passionate and Bumpy Flight 

By Philip Szporer “S’envoler” Estelle Clareton

In “S’envoler” Estelle Clareton is in full flight. Definitely going against the current of most local dance productions, the work simply soars when the dancers are engaged in full-throttle movement.


A Scattered Resistance 

By Philip Szporer, MJ Thompson Festival TransAmériques 2010  Festival TransAmériques

At the outset of FTA 2010, I dream that it’s a gathering, in the sense of strangers meeting across vast fields of difference, hell bent on seeing action in light of none.

Gradimir Pankov

On Choreographers, Dancers and Life Before Les Grands By Philip Szporer

It’s a brutal, bone-chilling, windy Montréal afternoon. As a gust literally blows me indoors, Gradimir Pankov, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Les Grands), greets me with a friendly smile and open arms.

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