Fonds P0289 - Philip Szporer fonds

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Philip Szporer fonds

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  • 1980 - 2022 (Creation)
    Szporer, Philip

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0.80 m of textual records (approx. 2 boxes)
approx. 800 slides
276 digital records (900 MB)
13 videocassettes : VHS, Beta, U-matic
12 optical discs : CD and DVD
2 Film reels (Dimensions of carrier: 16mm)
1 USB Key
1 audio cassette

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Philip Szporer is a filmmaker, journalist and part-time instructor at the Department of Contemporary Dance and the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability. He was a contributor to the Concordia's Thursday Report in 1983-1984.

  • In 1999, Szporer was awarded the Pew Fellowship (National Dance/Media Project) at the University of California.
  • He served as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts from 2000 to 2016.
  • Szporer co-founded the Montreal-based award-winning media arts production company Mouvement Perpétuel in 2001.
  • In 2010, Szporer won the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, for his 30-year involvement in the dance community.
  • In 2018, he co-founded Dance + Words, a project aiming to facilitate conversations surrounding cultural discourse.

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The material was donated by Philip Szporer in June 2023.

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The fonds provides information on Philip Szporer's career as a part-time instructor at Concordia University but also as a filmmaker and a journalist. The PROFESSIONAL LIFE series includes material related to Stress, the Official Journal of the International Institute of Stress and its Affiliates Szporer edited in the beginning of the 1980's, some of films he directed as well as conferences and festivals he attended or actively took part in. The DISTINCTIONS sub-series is comprised of records related to the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize and the Distinguished Teaching Award he received in 2010 and 2016, respectively. The TEACHING sub-series contains course outlines, records related to the CUPFA grants Szporer received throughout the years, some correspondence, a working copy of the Concordia University Contemporary Dance Department Assessment Report he produced in 2001 as well as some course materials, including slides on the history of modern dance as well as the works of dancers: Doris Humphrey, Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, Maud Allen, Martha Graham, Ruth St. Denis, and Twyla Tharp among others. The WRITINGS sub-series includes articles Szporer wrote for Dance Connection, Dance Journal USA, Cinema Canada as well as Concordia's Thursday Report.

The PERSONAL LIFE series contains a case study on the distribution of 'Not a Love Story' submitted to the department of Communication Studies in 1981 while Szporer was completing his graduate studies at Concordia University.

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Digital records donated to RMA on USB key have been extracted and preserved in an Archival Information Package (AIP). Original order of the digital records has been maintained.

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