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

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. Homewerk is a dance for all ages. 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.

The piece itself stems from research on home and belonging, and Mascall has cultivated an ongoing creation process during its five years of touring. Exploring the body and home, the piece has become a hub for discussions about identity, narrative and movement. This fertile ground makes Homewerk a uniquely accessible forum to talk about dance, from the personal to the universal.

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.

The Kitimat Concert Association kicked of its season by selling 280+ Season Tickets! 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.