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CONTRIBUTION · 22nd October 2012
Anna-Marie Carstens
Contemporary dance about the meaning of home.

“When we feel the invisible, either the space between or the space within we are at HOME.
The lungs are the place where the outside world comes in, but where do we go out - where is the front door? How we find our way back to the world is the act of creation.”
– Jennifer Mascall

The Kitimat Concert Association presents the second show in its 2012-2013 season on October 27th at 8.00 pm at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre. Mascall Dance will perform Nail to House and Homewerk - a special double feature contemporary dance work.

Before intermission they invite you to tour behind the scenes through the choreographer’s eye in Nail to House. Artistic Director Jennifer Mascall reflects on the 18 years of work that led to making a dance called Homewerk. This is a humorous and poetic description of a particular thread of ideas as seen and studied by the artist: from house to home, and from walls to the invisible space between people. Inspiration, creation and perspiration abound.

After intermission, Mascall Dance will perform Homewerk, a dance that examines the idea of home through global stories and images of dwelling. Four dancers tell stories through words and choreographed movement, using cardboard props to create vivid imagery, transforming from houses to villages, to airport screens to medieval towns.

Homewerk is a dance for all ages. The universality of home is immediately powerful as a touchstone, and the pieceʼs interdisciplinary, story-telling structure makes it easily accessible. The sets alone could be the entire piece as the invention and versatility of the cardboard is ongoing and whimsical. Buildings are created and destroyed, flattened and climbed.

Jennifer Mascall began as a touring improviser and rapidly received international attention. Her emerging choreographic voice was characterized as maverick, visionary, radical and “the enfant terrible of Canadian dance”. Her choreographic output over the past four decades has fulfilled this promise. Defying assumptions, the work is fascinated with body research and is characteristically inventive. The dances typically provoke (re)consideration of the relationship of movement to meaning, often considering equally the relationship of words to movement to meaning. An accomplished teacher and lecturer, Mascall’s educational programs such as Make a Dance and Homewerk tour extensively and are considered highly effective bridges between contemporary dance and multilevel learning.

Tickets for Nail to House/Homewerk may be purchased at Hollywood Video or at the door.

Information for this article was provided by Mascall Dance.