This song is by Mary Margaret O’Hara. Renowned Canadian singer and songwriter. I’ve always been a big fan of hers. She couldn’t be here tonight, but she was actually here not that long ago. And sat right here, singing while I danced.
We had an event in the studio last year called The Art of Drinking – hosted by my colleague lo bil. She works at the liquor store. She said – Come! – bring your songs and poems and stories – and we’ll celebrate the Bacchanalian spirit. I thought, Great! Sounds like my kind of event! I wrote a poem for the night called Fluids which I’ll tell you later. There were few of us there that night – but an enthusiastic few, including a woman named Mary Margaret….
When it was my turn – I got up to recite my poem – and I looked at the people there and I said, “You seem like really nice people. I’d like to dance for you, but I don’t have any music.” And the woman named Mary Margaret said, “I’ll sing for you.” And I looked at her and said, ‘Yeah! Okay!”
So I began. “My name is Sara Porter. I’m one of the 12 members of the Intergalactic Arts Collective…”
10 Feb 2015
by Sara Porter
The short story Dancing to Mary Margaret O’Hara is an excerpt from Sara does a solo, in which Sara Porter displays her colourful imagination in the form of stories, songs, and dance, with a touch of surrealism. The piece is about the “struggles of being an artist and mother,” a topic that Sara is very familiar with, being mother to three young boys.
The piece was presented on a double bill with Gerry Trentham and his solo Experiment b in March 2015 at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto. Next stop, New York.