Friday March 24, 7:30PM
Contact: Nina Jane Patel
(L) Photos of Ben Kamino, Robin Poitras, Ron Stewart, Eowyn Penny Huguet by Chris Randle
The Orpheum Theatre Annex
Tuesday, February 28 8PM
Timms Centre for the Arts
Friday March 3, 8PM
Saturday March 4, 8PM
John Paul II Centre, 2200 25th Avenue,
Wednesday March 15, 1:30PM;
Thursday March 16, 8PM,
Friday March 17, 8PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
by choreographer Jennifer Mascall
December 19, 2016 – Vancouver, BC – MascallDance’s The Outliner:
Western tour of The Outliner launches on February 11th 2017!
From prolific Isadora Award-winner Jennifer Mascall comes a new choreographic work at the ignition point of dance and design. The Vancouver Sun hails The Outliner’s 2016 premiere as “a glimpse into the fertile, iterative, gloriously unfinished practice of one of this town’s most unique creative forces.” A smash hit with Vancouver audiences, reviewer Peter Dickinson calls the evening "truly exceptional in its conceptual rigour and technical execution, a multi-disciplinary study in the myriad ways we dance with things".
Fresh from the premiere’s success, MascallDance launches a western Canadian tour of The Outliner at Artspring on Saltspring Island. “I feel thrilled to open the tour on Saltpring,” says Artistic Director Jennifer Mascall, “where Artspring summer residencies were an invaluable part of creating this work.”
MascallDance creates a suspended and magical kingdom inhabited by fantastical beings and unexpected events. Think Borges meets Bauhaus. Each choreography features a dancer wearing an architecturally devised costume: some appear like creatures, others contraptions. All are extensions of an idea of the body.
Dancer and garment delineate lines and volumes in space, rendering the invisible visible and revealing what we understand and communicate about the body in space. A solo from each choreographic decade offers glimpses of Mascall’s adventurous choreographic thinking over many years, intimately encountered from shifting perspectives. In the words of reviewer Tessa Perkins: “Mascall’s innovation in both costumes that serve as props and choreography that seems entirely fresh make her a master dance maker.“
Mascall’s well-known knack for selecting remarkable performers is in evidence, and we see four outstanding soloists. We are an unfinished planet, the most recent, is a collaboration between Mascall and the incomparably vivid performer Robin Poitras (Artistic Director of New Dance Horizons) designed by Vancouver designer Nathan Wiens, known for his international store designs for John Fluevog. Poitras shares The Outliner stage with outstanding MascallDance collaborator Ron Stewart, dancer/choreographer Benjamin Kamino (curator of Toronto’s Dancemakers), and emerging artist Eowynn Penny-Huguot.
Stefan Smulovitz, resident composer at MascallDance for the past six years, has created over ten compositions for the company. Here he creates accompanying scores for each solo.
Link to Videos https://vimeo.com/mascalldance
For high-resolution photos by Michael Slobodian: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Jennifer Mascall
Jennifer Mascall is a dance choreographer, teacher, mentor and an advocate for the art form. Mascall and her nearly 200 choreographies have received the Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award, the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, Dora Mavor Moore and Jessie awards for her work in theatre, the Isadora Award, the Canada 125 Confederation Commemorative Medal, the International Woman’s Day Award, the Ann O’Connor Award, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Best Performers Award (The Brutal Telling). Mascall has trained extensively with theatre teacher Linda Putnam, as a teacher of Integral Hatha Yoga, and is a Body-Mind Centering ® practitioner who participates annually in Eight Days.
Situated in Vancouver’s West End, MascallDance is a hub for creation, guerrilla improvisation and somatic practice. Jennifer Mascall is at the core, creating and working in many forms. The company’s production The Three Cornered Hat was recently featured in the Vancouver Biennale, and its’ kamikaze improvisation unit The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club opened the Vancouver International Dance Festival.
MascallDance is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, The McLean Foundation, The British Columbia Gaming Commission, Salt Spring Coffee, and viewers like you.
THE OUTLINER: February 11, 2017 limited seating!
Manager: Nina Jane Patel