Jennifer Mascall has been working with the concept of home and belonging for many years. Research for Housewerk has been both in studio and through non-studio research, including interviewing people and gathering stories of different cities and different houses.
In September 2002, Housewerk was performed as part of the Infringing Dance Festival organized by the Crimson Coast Dance Company in Nanaimo. Cardboard was used to make houses for the performance based on work done with architect and designer Bill Pechet- sourced from the Boxmen in the Tokyo subway system that live in cardboard boxes. A Creative Residency continued the choreography in Halifax in October 2002, including workshops, lectures and cardboard set construction. The proscenium piece evolved into a site-specific work and Housewerk at Hycroft was performed March 2003, and during the Dancing on the Edge Festival July 2003. This work received very positive critical acclaim.
The Housewerk Dancers
Katy Harris McLeod