Artistic Director / Choreographer / Dancer
Sara Porter is a multi-faceted artist, performer, writer and teacher with a distinctive voice and a broad palette.
Noted for being truly multi-disciplinary – and her wry sense of humour – Porter centres her work in a feminist, queer worldview, and deals with the body as a point of personal reflection.
Celebrated for her daring imagination and wicked sense of humour, Sara Porter is a multi-faceted performer, choreographer, vocalist and writer with a distinctive voice and a broad palette. Her recent one-woman show - Sara does a Solo - has been touring coast to coast in Canada and US since 2017 to acclaim.
Porter’s newest memoir-based solo Getting to Know your Fruit was presented in the International Presenters Showcase as part of Fall for Dance North Festival in Toronto in October 2019. The full work was set to premiere - as part of DanceWorks CoWorks - at The Theatre Centre in Toronto, May 2020, but was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Porter has created and performed over twenty-five multi-disciplinary works since 1990 including Blossom, a work about erotic poetry that compares women to flowers; Those Penetrating Dreams, a spoof on Harlequin Romances; and Opus Ornithologicus: the great bird work that was invited to Scotland’s Holyrood Palace where she performed for Prince Charles. Her work has toured to theatres and festivals across Canada, in the US, and UK.
Sara Porter was recently featured on CBC’s award-winning dance documentary series The Move.
In addition to her work as an artist, Sara Porter is a popular teacher and writer on dance. She has been on faculty in colleges and universities in Canada and Scotland, teaching both academic and studio courses in contemporary dance and cultural theory. Her dance writing has been published online and in magazines, journals, and books for 30 years in Canada and the UK. She is the biographer of Peter Boneham, published by Dance Collection Danse in 2010.
Porter’s pursues projects with artists who explore work across forms. Recent pieces include: Jessie Garon (Adam and I, Toronto), Stacie Dunlop (The Lonely Child Project, Toronto), Lacey Smith (The Sisyphus Project, Toronto), Sarah Bild (Artefact, Montreal), Douglas Dunn (Pandora, New York City), Holly Treddenick (In the Fire, Toronto).
Native of Nova Scotia, Porter was based in Montreal, then Edinburgh, before settling in Toronto in 1998. She is a member of the Intergalactic Arts Collective, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, and Toronto Alliance of Performing Arts. She was recently awarded a prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship 2019 to research her unique mode of blending Memoir & Movement, working with artists in London and New York City.