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Workshop (Edmonton): Memoir and Movement-Building material towards performance – Mile Zero Dance

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Workshop (Edmonton): Memoir and Movement-Building material towards performance – Mile Zero Dance


This December 2019, Toronto-based artist Sara Porter comes to Edmonton as part of Mile Zero’s #DanceCrush series to present Sara does a Solo. As part of this residency, Porter will be leading a four-day workshop for all levels of experience.

Memoir and Movement 
Building material towards performance with Sara Porter.

Each class, Sara guides participants through a variety of improvisational movement work to warm up the body and awaken the senses. Followed by creative writing: gathering images, recording sensation and story, to expand imaginative scope. Voice work brings text into action, and each participant begins to craft that day’s story, building multi-disciplinary modes of delivery to integrate these forms into performance. Choreographic structures – blended with improvisation – supports presenting material at the end of each class.

For artists of all experience levels.

Bring comfortable clothes, pen & paper, and water bottle.

Dec 9-13
10 am to 1 pm
$175 for all five days or $50 per day
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About the artist

Sara Porter is a multi-faceted performer, choreographer, vocalist and writer with a distinctive voice, a broad palette, and an eclectic career. Celebrated for her daring imagination and being wickedly funny, Sara’s one-woman show Sara does a Solo – built with collaborators Gerry Trentham and Katherine Duncanson – has toured coast to coast in Canada and US to acclaim.

Sara has created over twenty-five multi-disciplinary performance 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, a duet with legendary Scottish bagpiper Martyn Bennett, which she was invited to  perform at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace for Prince Charles. Recent projects with choreographer Lacey Smith (The Sisyphus Project, Toronto), contemporary circus + opera with Stacie Dunlop, Angola Murdoch and Holly Treddenick (The Lonely Child Project, Toronto), and a commission from Douglas Dunn (Pandora, New York City).

Sara’s dance writing has been published – in books, journals and online – for 30 years in Canada and the UK. She has taught contemporary dance practice and theory in colleges and universities in Canada and Scotland and currently teaches Memoir & Movement out of her shared studio at Intergalactic Arts Collective in Toronto.

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