An individual with short curly hair is posing with one arm extended, wearing a black sleeveless top. They are outdoors, with a backdrop of greenery and urban structures, possibly on a rooftop. The person's expression is poised and serene, and the lighting suggests it could be late afternoon or early evening. The scene conveys a sense of calm confidence and the outdoors setting provides a relaxed atmosphere.

Maboungou: Being in the World

Dive into the resonant universe of Montréal-based choreographer and philosopher Zab Maboungou, of Franco-Congolese origin. For over thirty years, she has galvanized the contemporary dance scene with her radically regrounded conception of time, the body, and the self. Her political history, artistry, and pioneering research have empowered other African artists around the world.

 Guests in attendance, Q&A with Philip Szporer and Marlene Miller

Join us for a workshop with the creators of this film.
Performing Arts Documentary with Mouvement Perpétuel

About the Filmmaker

Mouvement Perpétuel is an award-winning Montreal-based independent film, video, and new media production company specializing in arts programming. Co-directors Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer create impressionistic dance-media films, arts documentaries and multi-channel video installations, that feature expansive choreographies and portraits of some of Canada/Quebec’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers and from across cultures within the Americas, Europe and Asia. Viewers are invited into a deeply intimate tracing of the curvatures of rich human experience.
Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer met in 1986 dancing in the work of New York choreographer Charles Dennis. Subsequently, a friendship developed and their professional talents merged once more ten years later when they embarked on the first sketch of what was later to become the video series Moments in Motion/Au fil du mouvement. They shared a Fellowship for the Dance/Media Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, developing new ideas, and producing work in the United States. Their return to Canada saw the creation of Mouvement Perpétuel in 2001.

Marlene Millar:
Marlene Millar has created dance films, documentaries and experimental media productions for over 30 years. In 2019, her career was honoured at a retrospective exhibit at Threshold Artspace, Perth, UK, premiering her installation WITNESS. Since 2001, Marlene has co-created a critically acclaimed collection of dance media work with Philip Szporer through their company, MOUVEMENT PERPÉTUEL that continues to explore new platforms for creation and audience engagement. The process-driven continuum of the MIGRATION DANCE FILM PROJECT directed by Millar and choreographed by Sandy Silva is an ongoing series of issue-driven, performative stories including NAVIGATION, winner of the Best Canadian Short Film (FIFA 2021).

Philip Szporer:
Montreal-based filmmaker, writer, and lecturer, Philip Szporer, has been immersed in the Canadian dance world for close to 40 years, and teaches at Concordia University. In 2001, Philip along with Marlene Millar, co-founded the award-winning media arts production company, Mouvement Perpétuel, co-directing and co-producing documentaries, short dance films, and installations to great acclaim. Works include a stereoscopic (3D) live-action/animated film Lost Action: Trace, created with choreographer Crystal Pite and animator Theodore Ushev; the installation-projection exhibition, 1001 Lights; and Bhairava, a site-specific dance-for-camera film, featuring dancer-choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa. Personal media projects include the celebrated Inquiry into Time and Perception studies.

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for “Winding Our Way Home / MABOUNGOU”

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