Sara Porter writes about contemporary dance, its artists, history and issues. Her work has been published the past 25 years across Canada and in Scotland in books, magazines, journals and online.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE
"Essential reading for Canadian dance scholars."
Philip Szporer, Hour, Montreal.
Review of Peter in Process
“Porter’s keen mind and rich research capture the gift and grit of Peter Boneham’s 60 years in dance, as founding member of the Groupe de la Place Royale and founding artistic director of Groupe Dance Lab. Porter coaxes stories from the caustic Boneham, connecting the dots from his beginnings in ballet and Broadway to his life-changing meeting with Place Royale founder Jeanne Renaud and her creative coterie, and later his indelible work as dance mentor and teacher." Philip Szporer (Hour, Montreal)
Published by Dance Collection Danse, 2010
Available for purchase and in select bookstores.
THE RESPONSIVE BODY
“Digging into Dance: how passion works for Serge Bennathan”
(chapter by Sara Porter)
Ed. Brian Webb,
Banff Press, 2002
“From Calamity to Choreography: Dance and Rising Separatist Sentiment in 1970s Quebec”
(chapter by Sara Porter)
Eds. A Lindgren & K Pepper,
Dance Collection Danse, 2012
“Bridging theory and practice:
Being a dance writer and dancer in the community at the same time”
Ed. Iro Tembeck,
Dance Collection Danse, 2000
A FaceBook group I created during the COVID-19 pandemic & Toronto-wide lockdown
You, too, can build bad verse, develop disastrous ditties and fill your time
with poor phrases, misstep with metaphors and add awful alliteration.
Go to Town! Don't hold Back. Or maybe... something else will emerge?
You could also Dare to Try to make something nice...It's a kind and supportive group. Bad is relative...
Open to Everyone with a fear of CoVid19, and a desire to set other people's teeth on edge. Poet-away! The Badder the Better.
The Bad Poetry Drinking Group – A Proposal for Submissions
(created with coffee Sunday March 15th)
Bad Poetry is a thing of delight
It’s not something you should try to get right.
So commit! and when you’re ready to do it,
I’ve organized something to help you get through it.
Be not afraid: It’s just talking fancy.
Choose simple words and let them go dance’y.
There’s rhythm and phrasing and plenty of language
Expressive and meaningful that doesn’t have to rhyme.
Include metaphor along with the ‘like’ and the ‘as’
That make similes work, to embellish your phraaaase.
Try allusion or image or a thing called caesura,
That I don’t understand (but you probably won’t either).
That enjambment thing really makes a head spin
‘cuz the word looks so awkward, and so is the thing
that it does (which I won’t explain here).
Normally, I’d do a performative ending
But that is extending this poem a little too far…
Besides... Corona won’a ‘llow it
This is first of my Very Bad Verse.
With a little practice
I hope to make it much worse.