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Sara Porter (Toronto) | Memoir & Movement – starting points

  • University of Calgary | Dance Studio KNA163 2500 University Drive Northwest Calgary, AB (map)

Attending | SCPA Dance Majors Only


Memoir & Movement – starting points

Using tools from creative writing, contemporary dance improvisation and voice work, Sara Porter leads a workshop that extrapolates from her one-woman show – Sara does a Solo – to explore aspects of memoir and personal movement. Drawing on personal experience and the uniqueness of each person’s body, we will mine our memories for stories in words and movement, creating vignettes and text as springboards for dancing.


Sara Porter is a multi-faceted artist, performer, writer and teacher with a distinctive voice and a broad palette. Celebrated for her “daring imagination” (Toronto Star) and being "wickedly funny" (Dance International), Porter’s newest one-woman show Sara does a Solo – created with collaborators Gerry Trentham and Katherine Duncanson – continues to tour in Canada and the US to acclaim.

Porter has created over twenty-five multi-disciplinary, dance and performance works since 1990, including Blossom, a work about erotic poetry that compares women to flowers, Those Penetrating Dreams, a spoof on Harlequin Romancenovels, and her iconic solo Opus Ornithologicus: the great bird work that was invited to Scotland’s Holyrood Palace to perform for Prince Charles. She has toured to festivals and theatres in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, St. John’s, Halifax, Madrid, Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York City, and San Francisco. Her commissions include work for Toronto Dance Theatre, Compagnie Petit Jeu, and Scotland’s National Youth Music Theatre, and she has performed with Pleaides Theatre, and Autumn Leaf.

Porter trained in music, theatre, contemporary dance, clown, writing and choreography in England and Montreal. She has a BA (Fine Arts, Acadia U) and an MA (Dance Studies, U Surrey). As a writer, Porter has contributed to books, magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US and UK. She is author of the biography Peter in Process: Peter’s Boneham’s 60 years in dance (2010). As a teacher, she has been on faculty – teaching both studio and theory – at York University dance department (Toronto) and Edinburgh’s Telford College (Scotland), as well as guest teaching in programs in Canada and Scotland.

A native Nova Scotia, Sara was based in Montreal (1990-95), and Edinburgh (1995-98), before settling in Toronto in 1998. Current project: Sara will premiere a new solo by New York’s Douglas Dunn, a duet with Montreal’s Sarah Bild, and her own new self-solo about dancing + writing in Toronto in 2018.

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