Video Created by Lara Abadir
Additional Editing by Susan McKenzie
Video Created by Lara Abadir
Additional Editing by Susan McKenzie
Each night, the stage floods with movement and sound generated by an 18 member cast of vibrant emerging dancers combined with Vancouver’s outstanding Lara Barclay, Eowynn Enquist, Vanessa Goodman, Billy Marchenski, Molly McDermott, Anne Cooper, Eloi Homier and Walter Kubanek.
OW’s libretto, constructed entirely of gibberish, emerged through close collaboration between Mascall and the dancers with experimental voice expert DB Boyko. Performing live, composer and violist Stefan Smulovitz performs his original electronic score, while the audience sits high above the action. Shaw Festival costumier Christopher David Gauthier’s designs further heightened the experience.
Now, Jennifer Mascall’s Zaum (2019) takes the connection of voice and body that led to OW (2018) and distills the massive energy of the original 18 member ensemble into a touring powerhouse cast of 4.
MascallDance’s BLOOM is an informal evening of dance, wine and comedy. Choreographers in residence show excerpts of their work-in-progress on two consecutive Tuesdays in early evening. A sommelier pairs each dance with a wine, and a stand-up comedian offers their interpretation of each dance for the audience.
Jennifer Mascall on BLOOM:
Bloom is a sandwich. A meeting between audience and artist, it contains a mash-up of opinions by association and lobby conversations chatting about a dance, and how to trust in what you see and what you know from what you see.
Bloom calls the artist to responsibility for what a casual observer will pick up. Bloom trains the artist to meet the monsters involved in their creation.
The Evening: Spectators are invited to sample a variety of wines while taking in the 5-minute choreographic works-in-progress. A sommelier pairs each dance with a wine based on three adjectives that the choreographer chooses to describe their dance. Following each piece, a comedian will share their interpretation and experience with the audience -speaking kindly and humorously to what may be passing through all of our minds.
The Residency: BLOOM is MascallDance’s creation residency for choreographers. With mentorship from Artistic Director Jennifer Mascall, choreographers are offered composition training, editing, feedback, and space and time to work in the company’s studio. The residency culminates in two informal showings, in which choreographers have the opportunity to share their work-in-progress for an audience in a welcoming cocktail-hour atmosphere.
Jennifer Mascall’s The Three Cornered Hat is a study of the spaces in-between.
Interconnected vignettes are stitched together by shifting sculptural worlds that the five performers construct from piles of red artists' notebooks and imbue with multi-layered meanings. Quirky, eccentric and humorous, the work challenges and toys with boundaries of engagement and participation in an intimate performance configuration offering audiences close proximity to the performers and a heightened sense of the work.
The Georgia Straight calls The Three Cornered Hat “hilarious, uncanny, and conceptually stimulating, …a sensory delight."
A performance ensemble of Vancouver’s finest - Lara Barclay, Amber Funk Barton, Darcy McMurray/ Dario Dinuzzi, Billy Marchenski, and Chris Wright – gives a audacious, space-eating performance, galvanized multidisciplinary elements -- set design by architect Bill Pechet, video by Candelario Andrade, spoken work by poet Barbara Adler, lighting design by John Macfarlane. Long-time company associate Stefan Smulovitz provides an electroacoustic soundscape and constitutes a sixth ensemble member, performing live on viola.
From Isadora Award-winner Jennifer Mascall, a new choreographic work at the ignition point of dance and design. The Vancouver Sun hailed 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, writer Peter Dickinson described the evening as “truly exceptional in its conceptual rigour and technical execution…a ride that the audience won’t soon forget!”
Four dancers perform 10 solos from four choreographic decades offering glimpses of Mascall’s adventurous choreographic thinking over many years. 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. 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.
The NIJINSKY GIBBER JAZZ CLUB is an improvisation research ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director/Choreographer Jennifer Mascall. The ensemble performs in improvised sets not necessarily set in time but framed by specific structures. Part of the improviser's sophistication is in knowing when an impulse, a movement, a whole piece is complete.
The dancers are accompanied by live DJs, musicians, or spoken word. Each time they return to the material, the environment they make is different - order, spacing, rhythm, tone is varied. The dancing becomes an expressionistic landscape and the choreography provides the world and the country.
The NIJINSKY GIBBER JAZZ CLUB thrives in unusual venues—bars, churches, streets, and other unexpected places. Sometimes it is the mood that can’t be shaken, sometimes it is the rhythm pattern, sometimes it is the relationship between dancers. Each new score, each new venue, each new dance is a form of public research where change thrives.
The Duet - Dancers Billy Marchensky and Molly McDermott, created in collaboration with Jennifer Mascall
The Approach - 4 Choreographers use the same structure to create 4 different pieces. Set Design by Allan Storey, Choreography by Jennifer Mascall, Ame Henderson, Sarah Chase, and Justine Chambers
OW (DOTE) analyzes timing, accents and rhythms of the sounds that erupt from the body as expressions, building a libretto of repeatable human emotions. Exploration is physically challenging and unpredictable; what has emerged to date is fast, rhythmic, often wildly funny and noisy.
For more info on OW, please check out www.owmascalldance.com
In July 2016, audiences attending the premiere of The Outliner at MascallDance’s space on Jervis Street in Vancouver’s West End enter a huge formal performance environment with large, suspended white canvases, inhabited by fantastical beings and unexpected events.
Fluttering fans among the audience punctuate the darkness in summer heat. Silent attendants wait in the shadows to sporadically roll platforms of seated audience into different viewing positions as the evening unfolds, redefining and heightening the space and the audience’s perspective.
Solo dancers emerge - each wearing architecturally devised garb that is part costume, part contraption. All are an extension of an idea of the body. A partnership emerges between dancer and garment, tracing lines and volumes previously undelineated in space, rendering the invisible visible.