Philip Szporer has been immersed in the Canadian dance world for 30 years.
He teaches in the Contemporary Dance department at Concordia University and is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He is the recipient of the 2010 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize awarded by the Canada Council of the Arts. In 1999, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship (National Dance/Media Project,University of California).
For over 20 years, he worked as an arts journalist for CBC Radio, was 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 and Dance Magazine among others.
In 2001, Szporer and Marlene Millar co-founded the award-winning arts film company Mouvement Perpétuel. Together they have co-directed and produced documentaries and short films, including Moments in Motion, Byron Chief- Moon: Grey Horse Rider, Dafeena and the interdisciplinary Quarantaine. The short films Falling, The Greater the Weight and Butte were all featured during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Butte was also screened in the Canadian Pavilion during the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
They have collaborated with Crystal Pite on Lost Action: Trace, a stereoscopic 3D live/action/animated dance film at the National Film Board of Canada. A follow-up to Moments in Motion, as a multi-platform production, is currently in development.
His other short film credits include The Hunt, 40 and A Soft Place to Fall.