Philip Szporer is a Montreal-based filmmaker, writer, and lecturer. He has been immersed in the Canadian dance world for the past 30 years. Currently, he teaches in the Contemporary Dance department at Concordia University and is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts. In 1999, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship (National Dance/Media Project), at the University of California, Los Angeles. And in 2010 he was the recipient of the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize awarded by the Canada Council of the Arts. He was recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award from Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts in Spring 2016.
In 2001, Philip along with Marlene Millar co-founded the arts film production company Mouvement Perpétuel. Together they have co-directed and produced many documentaries and short dance films to great acclaim. Their work is seen widely a festivals worldwide and at major events such as the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and a UNESCO tour of Latin America.
Projects exploring new technologies include Lost Action: Trace, a stereoscopic (3D) live action/animated film with choreographer Crystal Pite, animator Theodore Ushev and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and Leaning On A Horse Asking For Directions, an interdisciplinary investigation into visual perception and kinesthetic empathy involving multi-channel stereoscopic 3D (S3D) environment for exhibition, and bridging BaGuaZhang martial arts and contemporary dance choreography. Recent new platform productions include 1001 Lights, for gallery/museum installation and CRU a three-part street dance web platform production for La Fabrique culturelle (Télé-Québec).
Philip also created Inquiry Into Time and Perception, Study #1, two short video portraits for wall-sized projection installations which act as “windows” opening onto the passions and the ambiguities of physical and emotional manifestation. These studies draw on a deep vitality, and intrinsic qualities address the senses, intellect, and imagination.
Philip has served as artistic advisor for interactive exhibits and installations, including the Corps rebelles/Rebel Bodies exhibition at the Musée de civilisation in Québec City, and the Toile Mémoire interactive map project created by the Regroupement québecois de danse (RQD).
He is also host and creative producer for the Ces lieux où Montréal dansait/Dancing Montreal, Now & Then series of films, produced by the RQD.
He has guided dance-film workshops in Finland, Portugal, the United States, and Mexico. Philip’s activities as a broadcast journalist have included stints at CBC Radio, as a dance columnist for Radio-Canada’s radio arts magazine Aux arts, etc., and correspondent for The World (BBC/WGBH-Boston). His dance writings have been published in Hour, The Dance Current, Ballettanz, Tanz, and Dance Magazine, among others. Philip has also worked as a choreographic facilitator in Montreal, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States and has given writing workshops and has lectured widely across Canada, the United States, and Europe.