Sara Porter returns to the Toronto stage with
Getting to Know Your Fruit
A humorous exploration of whether “dance is a language”
and what on earth it might be saying…
Also featuring the festival edit of Sara does a Solo.
Toronto’s Artscape Youngplace
Presented in association with pounds per square inch performance
May 10 – 13, 2018
After the roaring success of her memoir-based show Sara does a Solo – in New York City, San Francisco and a coast to coast Canadian tour – Porter is back onstage with the premiere of Getting to Know Your Fruit.
Exploding the theatrical moment into movement and monologue that reveals the heart of a woman in conversation with herself about finding the truest ways to self-expression, Porter examines the fruits of her 30-year career in performing and writing, puts poetry into action, and dances in the tension between her body and her mind.
A surprising blend of lip sync and literature, poetry and pageantry, dance and design, Porter uses humour to approach Virginia Woolf’s dictum that “If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people”. Playing in the overlap of several forms, Porter reveals some ripe truths about identity and what happens when you raid the writings of your past…
The performance also features the festival edit of Sara does a Solo, described as “Outrageously funny and brutally vulnerable” (Scott Charles, The Writer’s Block, San Francisco), and “Refreshingly candid, urgent, and deliciously fun! Sara Porter is fearless.” (Niegel Smith, The Flea, NYC).
About the Artist:
Sara Porter is a multi-faceted artist, performer, writer and teacher with a distinctive voice and a broad palette. Celebrated for her daring imagination and being wickedly funny, Porter’s one-woman show Sara does a Solo – created with collaborators Gerry Trentham and Katherine Duncanson – continues to tour in Canada and the US to acclaim.
Porter has created over twenty-five multi-disciplinary, dance and performance works since 1990, including Blossom, a piece about erotic poetry that compares women to flowers, Those Penetrating Dreams, a spoof on Harlequin Romance novels, and the iconic solo Opus Ornithologicus: the great bird work which she was invited to perform for Prince Charles at Scotland’s Holyrood Palace. Porter has performed in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, St. John’s, Halifax, Madrid, Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York City, and San Francisco.
Porter’s performance is a unique play between genres of theatre, contemporary dance, and performance art, employing humour, literature and clown. Sara trained in England, New York and Montreal, before settling in Toronto in 1998.
Getting to Know Your Fruit
Featuring the festival edit of Sara does a Solo
Thursday May 10 – Sunday May 13 at 8:00pm
Gala Performance Friday May 11 at 8:00pm – includes Artist Talk, Cash Bar, Dance Party
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Studio #103 (Intergalactic Studio), Toronto
Tickets: $25 General Admission /$20 Artist, Student, Concessions / Gala: $50
For tickets visit https://gtkyf.bpt.me