Claire Porter brings ‘Grammar Glamour’ to Sweet Briar’s Babcock Season

Posted on April 09, 2018 by Janika Carey

Claire Porter Claire Porter (right) during one of her programs

Comedienne and dancer Claire Porter returns to Sweet Briar College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, to present “Grammar Glamour.” The performance is part of the College’s Babcock Season and takes place in the Babcock Fine Arts Center’s Murchison Lane Auditorium.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 9, at and through the box office at 434-381-6120 or 434-381-6350. They are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for non-SBC students and free for the Sweet Briar community and for children younger than 12.

“Grammar Glamour” is a series of silly, poetic stories written and performed by Porter, a Guggenheim Fellow. In Porter’s world, grammar becomes embodied and exaggerated as she reels about through several hilarious scenarios, including “Witnessing Adverbs,” “Falling for Prepositions,” “Pronoun Emergency” and “Having Conjunctions.”

Seven Sweet Briar dance students will get a chance to show their skills alongside Porter, who is planning to use them in her performance. The students will be selected by dance program director Mark Magruder and will rehearse with Porter on campus before the show.

While at Sweet Briar, Porter also will teach master classes in choreography and dance and participate in a discussion with students in Magruder’s Fine Arts Workshop. She will be available for a meet-and-greet with Sweet Briar students and the audience after her performance, and there will be a Q&A with students over lunch on Thursday.

Known for her comedic text and movement work as well as her skilled teaching, Porter has performed across the U.S. and in numerous countries around the world, including Scotland, India, Germany, Holland, England, Latvia, Poland and Korea. She is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Italy at The Bellagio Center, several National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Awards and NewMusicUSA Awards.

She has received commissions from The American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light Project, The 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Festival, Art Matters, Meet The Composer, VOGUE Magazine, University Dance Companies and Domino’s Pizza Company. Porter has an M.A. in dance from Ohio State, a B.A. in mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, is on the advisory board of DanceNJ and is a Laban Movement Analyst.

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