“Exceptionally deft … aesthetic pleasure from beginning to end.”
Douglas Dunn, New York City
Sara Porter is a Toronto-based choreographer, writer, performer and teacher. As a member of the movement-based group, the Intergalactic Arts Collective, she works out of a studio in the cultural hub of Artscape Youngplace in downtown Toronto, where Sara explores new modes of performance in a trans-disciplinary aesthetic. Her newest production, L-E-A-K opens in June 2022.
Photography by: Marie Caloz
tour de force”“Smart, funny, and poignant... a
Director, Performance Mix Festival, NYC
Celebrated for her “daring imagination” (Toronto Star) and being "wickedly funny" (Dance International), Sara Porter is a multi-faceted artist, choreographer, performer, writer and teacher with a distinctive voice and a broad palette. She has performed her work in Canada, Europe and US, including HERE Theatre (New York City), Espace Tangente (Montreal), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Teatro Pradillo (Madrid), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto), and Dusk Dances (Ottawa and Toronto), amongst others. Originally from Nova Scotia, Porter was based in Montreal (1990-95) and Edinburgh (1995-98) before settling in Toronto, where she now lives and works.
Porter’s broad imagination has manifested in previous stage works about erotic poetry that compares women’s beauty to flowers (Blossom), post-modern cowgirls (Once around the barn), a spoof on Harlequin Romances novels (Those Penetrating Dreams), failing superheroes (G is for Glue: SuperGlue), and ocean detritus (Neap Tide). Her iconic solo – Opus Ornithologicus : the great bird work –
was invited to outdoor festivals in Canada and Scotland, ultimately summoned to Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace
where she performed for Prince Charles at the Royal Garden.
“It took a chance meeting and a surprising collaboration with the elusive Canadian musician Mary Margaret O’Hara to propel performance artist Sara Porter back to the stage after dealing with physical challenges, raising three young boys, and surviving a solid “six years of not dancing at all.” excerpt from Cherryl Bird’s article “Sara does a Solo” in Core Magazines - 16/04/2015
Porter trained in contemporary dance, acting, singing, voice, and clown in Montreal, Toronto, Edinburgh, England and New York. She holds a BA (Honours) in Fine Arts from Acadia University, where she graduated as Student of the Year. She completed an MA (Dance Studies) at University of Surrey, UK, where she studied choreography under Emilyn Claid and wrote history, dance analysis and criticism.
Dance International, Vancouver