MASCALLDANCE
 

ABOUT

MascallDance has now produced and incited movement creation for 33 years. Our mandate is informed by Mascall's wide-ranging studies and interests in physical motivation, movement and mind/body connections.

The company is concerned with dance as an art form and with its significance to our culture.  Many activities are initiated to stimulate dialogue about dance and movement - between professional artists of many disciplines, between artists and non-artists.

Any movement idea possible is used to explore and realize an idea.  Our work often questions assumptions, traditions, and styles.  At every level of the company, we intentionally take participants out of their habits and we place high demands on artists and art workers.

MISSION

Our mission is to provide a forum for the research creation performance education documentation and dissemination of contemporary dance and related disciplines.

While Mascall Dance primarily develops and promotes the work of choreographer Jennifer Mascall, the company also places a high priority on mentoring new and emerging choreographic voices.

MANDATE

Our mandate is to promote public exposure to and appreciation of dance and related arts ~ to research human movement and physical motivation and apply this knowledge to the production, dissemination and documentation of dance ~ to educate dancers and the general public in the traditions, history, developments and discoveries of modern dance

 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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HARVEY MELLER
Chairperson

Harvey Meller, BSC. LLB with an extended studies diploma in dance, practices primarily  commercial and entertainment law through his own corp. and in association with Vancouver business law boutique, Kerr Redekop & Leinburd.  He has completed the Canadian Securities course. He also ran two internet sales companies. 

Prior to practicing law he had a 15 year career as a well respected Vancouver-based modern dance choreographer. Harvey founded two dance companies, was the recipient of commissions from numerous established Canadian companies and the National Arts Centre of Canada, and had a national tour of his work in 1993-94.  Harvey is now a semi-avid curler, and a co-conspirator and moral advisor to his partner, playright/actor, Jenn Griffin.


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DEBORA GORDON
Vice-Chairperson

Debora has worked with numerous Vancouver dance organizations such as DTRC, BBC, DanceHouse, MascallDance and in community outreach/PR contexts on behalf of the dance and arts community.  Presently she co-coordinates the Actsafe Dancer Health Task Force, provides media/PR for Caravan World Rhythms, and blogs weekly (The Friday Round Up / Dance House).  

She has worked with Latin American refugees, and women's groups in El Salvador. She still has five sons but no longer homeschools. She holds a Masters in Dance from NYU and continues to contemplate a move to warmer climates.


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ERIN KENDALL
Treasurer

Co-owner, proprietress and hostess of Singinglands Ranch, Deadman Valley. Musician, newbie garlic farmer, new mom (these don’t necessarily go well together). Career forest project manager in BC and internationally; Homeowner, adventurer, schemer, aesthete, people-convener. Former Managing Director of MascallDance (2012/13); Board member since 2014.

Vision the size and scale of Jennifer’s requires support and collaboration and I am happy to offer these. The exchange and learning along the way are rich! Her productions and the dancer’s interpretations wow me. And as someone in the General Public category, I love the playful and thoughtful ways she invites us into the form.

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VIENNA WONG
Secretary

Vienna is a 3rd year student at SFU and very excited to join the Board of Directors at MascallDance.


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KAREN MCKINLAY KURNAEDY
Director at Large

Karen is a writer, dancer, and educator. Her teaching experience includes twenty-six years in the Coquitlam School District, being a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University, and instructing in the Graduate Diploma program at Simon Fraser University. She has a PhD in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on phenomenological investigations of bodily perceptions generated while dancing, dance and spirituality, dance history, and dance education. Her interests lie in promoting and implementing new ideas for education, the arts, and dance and dance education.


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NATALKA LUBIW
Director at Large


Natalka is an Architect and currently the Associate Director, Facilities Development, at the City of Vancouver.  In her position she is responsible, under the mandate of the City’s 4-year Capital Plan, for the delivery of a wide range of civic facilities ranging from solar-powered park washrooms through major municipal plazas and dense urban multi-use facilities.  Current projects are piloting aggressive leading-edge energy and GHG reduction strategies and technologies, targeting net zero carbon.  Natalka is experienced in design, contract and budget management, and keeping the big picture in perspective.  She has been interested and involved in the modern dance world since the early days of Contact Improvisation in 1970-80s Toronto.  This is Natalka's 7th year on the Board of Mascall Dance.


 
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JENNIFER MASCALL

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / FOUNDER

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“Jennifer Mascall is nominally a choreographer, but she's also a poet of the ephemeral, a painter of possibilities.

A performance by MascallDance is at once conceptually stimulating and gloriously, joyously corporeal: what she does with her dancer's bodies incorporates physical theatre, kinetic sculpture, free-frame images of stunning poignancy,

and seemingly impossible feats of grace.”

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JENNIFER MASCALL is a Canadian choreographer, teacher, improviser, mentor and advocate for the art form.

She and her nearly 200 choreographies have received the Canada 125 Confederation Commemorative Medal, the Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award, the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, a Dora Mavor Moore Award, a Jessie Richardson Award, the Ann O’Connor Award, International Woman’s Day Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Best Performers Award (The Brutal Telling), the F.A.N.S. Distinguished Artist Award, and an Isadora for outstanding contribution to dance in B.C.

 

STAFF

The dedicated staff that ensure the longevity and vitality of Mascall Dance.

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JENNIFER MASCALL

Artistic Director

Born in Winnipeg, Mascall studied dance in Toronto and New York with Merce Cunningham and Douglas Dunn. In her early twenties she established a solo dance career and toured internationally, wrote and published “Footnotes” and co-founded GRID, a site-specific performance collective. In the 80’s she joined forces with like-minded post-modernist choreographers to co-found the Experimental Dance and Music (EDAM) Collective in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jennifer’s unique choreographic style developed and in 1989 she launched MascallDance.

Somatic movement inquiry is central to Mascall’s practice, informed by studies with master teachers Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Linda Putnam. Her teaching pedagogy for dance performers aligns experiential anatomy with dance technique and public performance. She and her over 200 works have received many awards and continue to challenge dancers and audiences.

Highly regarded as a committed dance innovator, practitioner, teacher, mentor and advocate, she encourages new generations of artists through BLOOM and other MascallDance programs.

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CHRIS ADAMS

Office Administrator

Chris excitedly enters the dance world, coming from a mostly theatre background. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria. Chris has worked as a freelance Producer in Vancouver since 2012 and in that time has lent his talents to the producing team of over 25 musicals, concerts, plays, benefits, or membership drives.

Chris considers himself a multidisciplinary artist as he also teaches, directs, sound designs, and acts for theatres or concert halls across the country. He spent many years working Front of House and Box Office for theatres all over the lower mainland.

He has worked with such companies as The Arts Club Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, The Pacific Coliseum, Royal City Musical Theatre, Presentation House Theatre, and The Vancouver International Writers Festival, to name a few.

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SUSAN McKENZIE

Grantwriter

Susan and Jennifer started by co-founding TIDE and performing Mascall’s hour-long unison duet Unicycle Blues (1977) at 15 Dance Lab, touring it to Edmonton, Vancouver and San Francisco. She then commissioned and performed the solo Swan(k)olors (1979), and True Lies (1984), a duet co-commissioned and performed with the late William Douglas.

Susan performed with three dance companies. As an independent dance artist, she choreographed for dance, theatre, music, video and film and has taught Pilates, Movement and Creative Process to numerous populations. She served as the artistic director of three companies. After Co-Chairing the Mascall Dance Society Board (2005-11), she joined the staff, contributed writing, dramaturgy and promotion design.

Susan is a proud Board member of the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society and volunteer for the Vietnam Education Society.

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JOHN MACFARLANE

Design / Tech Consultant

John’s long association with MascallDance includes the frequent collaborative design of lighting, sets, technical direction and touring strategies for many MascallDance works.

John is a lighting designer and technical director for dance and theatre who began touring internationally with New York's Nikolais Dance Theatre in 1973.

In addition to his teaching career in technical theatre, lighting design, stage and production management and arts administration at the Simon Fraser Centre for the Performing Arts, he freelances as a Vancouver theatre designer.

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ALEXA

MARDON

Studio Animator / Artistic Associate

With a practice spanning dance movement, writing, community engagement and action, Alexa works collaboratively to investigate expanded definitions of dance and choreography. Current collaborations include projects with Justine A. Chambers, Raha Behnam and Mia Susan Amir. Alongside Erika Mitsuhashi, Alexa works collaboratively as Mardon + Mitsuhashi.

As a performer, Alexa has interpreted for individual choreographers and companies including Deanna Peters, Sasha Kleinplatz, Benjamin Kamino, Action at a Distance, Battery opera performance, Chick Snipper, Rob Kitsos the response, Katie Devries and Emmalena Fredriksson.

Alexa’s writing has been published by ISSUE Magazine, Line, Room Magazine, Charcuterie Magazine, The Dance Centre and The Dance Current. She is the recent recipient of a BC Arts Council mentorship grant with Battery Opera artistic director, Lee Su-Feh.

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EOWYNN ENQUIST

Artistic Associate

studied dance at Simon Fraser University. Early on in her training she met Jennifer Mascall who became her teacher and mentor. Jennifer recognized her talent and supported Eowynn’s curiosity.

“Jennifer is someone that never leaves anything out of the equation, she has taught me much about working diligently and deeply investigating each moment of a dance. Jennifer has always been someone I admire as an artist and mentor, I really respect the way in which she works and creates a safe space for practice and conversation within dance.”

As an emerging dance artist, Eowynn has professionally collaborated with Wen Wei Dance (2017-2019), Vision Impure Compagnie (2017-2019) and continues to perform with these companies among others.

 
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CAROLYN LAIR

Tour Booker / Agent

Carolyn is the principal of Sustainable Strategies Arts Management. She has a 25 year history as an arts producer, manager of arts organizations & cultural festivals.

Lair has also been the Artistic Producer of civic theatres, galleries and performances venues. Lair has provided cultural planning and management training services to clients of federal, provincial and city government agencies, arts foundations and cultural non-profits in Canada, the US and UK.

Since 2012, Sustainable Strategies primary focus is organizational capacity and building multi- year international cultural exchanges between Canada and arts organizations around the world.

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