Sara Porter

Sara Porter

Sara Porter

Sara Porter presents VerbTenseDance, her newest solo which plays with our sense of time and identity. With strong visual design and her trademark humor, Porter presents a fractured world through storytelling, dance, song, costume, film and poetry that explores the tensions inherent in being a mother and an artist, a performer and a person, and challenges the distance between reality and the imagination.

Sara Porter is a contemporary choreographer, performer, writer, speaker and teacher. Hailed by NOW magazine as “Toronto’s dynamic local dance light”, Porter has presented her quirky and theatrical pieces in Canada, Scotland and Spain, including pieces about superheroes (SuperGlue), waitresses (The Victory Diner), Harlequin Romance novels (Those Penetrating Dreams), the ocean (Neap Tide), and erotic poetry that compares women to flowers (Blossom). In 2000, she performed for Prince Charles at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh as a kazoo-playing, plastic-bag wearing dancing bird to live bagpipe music in her iconic work, Opus Ornithologicus. Porter has created work for dance and theatre companies in Canada and Scotland, including Toronto Dance Theatre, Pleiades Theatre, Autumn Leaf Performance, and Scotland’s National Youth Music Theatre. Porter’s dance writing is published in magazines, journals and several books in Canada and Scotland. Her book, Peter in Process: Peter Boneham’s sixty years in dance, was published by Dance Collection Danse in 2010. She is in demand as a speaker and interviewer for independent artists and productions, and has taught dance practice and theory at college and university programs in Canada and Scotland. She holds a BA (Fine Arts, Hon) from Acadia University and MA (Dance Studies) from University of Surrey, England. Originally from Nova Scotia, Porter lives in Toronto with her partner and three sons. She is a member of Intergalactic Arts Collective and the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists.

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