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Meet The Artists

Biography

Jennifer Mascall

EDAM / Mascall Dance / Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club

(1952- )

Jennifer Mascall was one of the first graduates of the dance department at York University. She subsequently moved to Vancouver to co-found the creative collective EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music) with dancers Peter Bingham, Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi, Lola MacLaughlin, Peter Ryan and musician Ahmed Hassan.

In 1989, Mascall established her company Mascall Dance, a vehicle for her choreography, including Housewerk (2002). Under the company's auspices, she also directs the Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club, an improvisation research group that often performs in non-traditional venues such as bars and churches.

Mascall is a certified Body-Mind Centering™ practitioner. She is also a popular dance teacher who has been a guest instructor at the Stratford Festival and Simon Fraser University, among other institutions. As a choreographer, she has received commissions from several independent artists as well as Dancemakers in Toronto and the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa.

Mascall's awards include the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize and a Dora Mavor Moore Award, both in 1983; a Jessie Award (Vancouver theatre) in 1988; and a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 1992.

Websites:

Mascall Dance

Learn more:

Whyte, Imogen. “At Home Beyond the Walls: Jennifer Mascall.” The Dance Current 5.7 (December 2002/January 2003): 12-14.