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Memoir & Movement Weekly Workshop

September 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Sara Porter leads a dynamic multi-disciplinary workshop – including techniques from creative writing, contemporary dance, improvisation, vocal work and clowning – to explore aspects of memoir and movement in performance. Drawing on the uniqueness of each person’s experience, body and voice, we will mine our pasts and perspectives for images, sensations and stories in words and movement to generate multi-disciplinary material geared toward performance. We aim to access and build the artist’s unique solo voice.


Each session includes technical exercises to gain fuller access to breath and a broader vocal range, guided physical improvisations to expand physical movement vocabulary and sensation, writing prompts to focus images and memories into specific and cohesive text for vocalizing.

Sara Porter is a multi-faceted artist, performer, writer and teacher with a distinctive voice and a broad palette. Celebrated for her “daring imagination” (Toronto Star) and being “wickedly funny” (Dance International), her one-woman show – Sara does a Solo – recently toured across Canada and US. Porter has been creating multi-disciplinary works since 1990, including Blossom, about erotic poetry that compares women to flowers, Those Penetrating Dreams, a spoof on Harlequin Romance novels, and her iconic solo Opus Ornithologicus: the great bird work that was invited to Holyrood Palace for a performance for Prince Charles. Porter trained in music, theatre, contemporary dance, clown, writing and choreography in Canada and UK. She has a BA in Fine Arts (Acadia U) and an MA in Dance Studies (U Surrey). She has written on dance for books, magazines and newspapers in Canada and UK, and is author of th biography Peter in Process: Peter’s Boneham’s 60 years in dance (2010). She has taught studio and theory in university and community settings including York University (Toronto), Edinburgh’s Telford College, and Edinburgh University. A native Nova Scotia, Sara was based in Montreal (1990-95), and Edinburgh (1995-98), before settling in Toronto in 1998. She is an associate artist at Pounds per square inch performance, is a member of the Intergalactic Arts Collective based in Artscape Youngplace, the cultural hub in downtown Toronto, and has been a member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists since 1998.


September 19, 2018
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Intergalactic Arts Collective Studio 103
180 Shaw St.
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5 Canada
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