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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 2015 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 premieres - as part of DanceWorks CoWorks - at The Theatre Centre in Toronto, May 2020.

 

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.  

 “Porter combines movement, costume,

text and music to create complete artworks.”

The Mail Star, Halifax 

 Theatres

The Fleck Theatre, Harbourfront, Toronto 

Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver

Southside Theatre, San Francisco 

Winchester Theatre, Toronto 

HERE Theatre, New York City 

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto

Espace Tangente, Montreal

Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville, NS

Neptune Second Stage, Halifax

Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto

Winchester Theatre, Toronto

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

McBride Centre, Edinburgh

Artword Theatre, Toronto

Teatro Pradillo, Madrid

Dunn Theatre, Halifax

Studios

Intergalactic Arts Collective Studio, Toronto

Douglas Dunn Studio Salon, New York City

Dancemakers Studio, Toronto

Mile Zero, Edmonton

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Studio 303, Montreal

Series 808, Toronto

Galleries

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

Double 00 Gallery, Halifax

Saw Gallery, Ottawa

Palace

Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh

 

 Festivals

Performance Mix Festival, New York City

San Francisco International Arts Festival

Fluid Festival, Calgary

Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver

Summerworks Festival, Toronto

Festival of New Dance, Newfoundland

Guelph Dance Festival

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Dance Matters, Toronto

Older & Reckless, Toronto

Off-Festival Internationale de Nouvelle Danse, Montreal

Fringe Festival for Independent Dance Artists, Toronto

Dance and Art in Alternative Spaces, Halifax

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

Montreal Fringe Festival, Montreal

Dances for a Small Stage, Toronto

Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto

Edgy Women, Montreal

Dusk Dances, Toronto