About MascallDance and Dancing on the Edge 2018


xxScreenshot 2018-04-27 20.39.09Situated in Vancouver’s West End, MascallDance is a hub for creation, guerrilla improvisation and somatic practice. Jennifer Mascall is at the core, creating and working in many forms.

The company regularly provides BLOOM, an artists-in-residence program for choreographers, and Way Out West – a summer study intensive featuring outstanding faculty from a range of movement practices, now in its’ fifteenth year.  MascallDance collaborates with a range of organizations such as Ageless Dancers, UNYA, the School of Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, among others, to bring their movement research to a wide range of communities.

MascallDance is well known for collaboration and interdisciplinary creation produced from their studio at the Labyrinth of historic St.Paul’s Church Hall in vibrant Davie Village where the company has resided for 25 years.

In Performance, Place and Politics, Peter Dickinson calls  The Outliner  “…truly exceptional in its conceptual rigour and technical execution, a multi-disciplinary study in the myriad ways we dance with things.”  Fresh from its’ Vancouver debut, the production toured Western Canada last spring.  Mascall’s multidisciplinary work  The Three Cornered Hat .and met with critical acclaim in the Vancouver biennale, while its’ kamikaze improvisation unit The Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club opened the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

MascallDance is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, The McLean Foundation, The British Columbia Gaming Commission, and viewers like you.

This year, MascallDance joins the Vancouver arts community in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Dancing on the Edge Festival

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We are extremely proud of having participated in the entire history of this platform for cutting edge Pacific Rim dance.

(Well, okay, every year but one!  But you get the drift…)

The Dancing on the Edge Festival Returns for its 30th Anniversary

The Dancing on the Edge Festival is Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance, taking place July 5 -14, 2018 at various venues in Vancouver.

With nearly 30 performances from more than 20 companies and choreographers from across Canada, in full and mixed programs as well as site-specific works and the return of the popular Dusk Dancesoutdoor series, the 30th annual Dancing on the Edge Festival is bringing dance in all shapes and forms to Vancouver audiences.

The Dancing on the Edge Festival Society strives to stimulate the development of high quality contemporary Canadian dance artists and choreography through the presentation of work from emerging and established local, regional, national and international dance artists and companies. Each year the Festival provides a catalyst for discussion about dance, either through forums, roundtable discussions, or talkbacks.  The Festival also acts as a facilitator for new dance creations, through commissions, residencies, and co-productions.

30 Years of Dance in Canada

The Festival has a lot to celebrate. Not only does this anniversary serve as a platform to generate greater awareness of our festival’s values, but it will serve as a powerful reminder of the contributions of dance, as an art-form and demonstrates how 30 years of artistic pursuit can continue to pave the way for the future.   The festival has accumulated 30 stories of the past 30 years of artists who have been presented by Dancing on the Edge Festival.   Find them here. 

Significance of the Festival

Many of BC’s eminent choreographers have been presenting by Dancing on the Edge Festival including: Crystal Pite, Emily Molnar, Serge Bennathan, Wen Wei, Aeriosa Dance. In addition to national companies such as Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Brian Webb Dance Company, Paul Andre Fortier, plus thousands of performing dance artists from across Canada.  It’s important to note, with many festivals, such as the Canada Dance Festival and Northern Lights Festival, closing up shop, it is significant that Dancing on the Edge Festival continues its work for the Canadian arts + culture community, not only artists, but even more importantly for our audiences.

2018 Festival    Find DOTE on Facebook HERE.

This  year’s lineup includes – Montreal’s Paul Andre Fortier performs his final solo creation, Liz Kinoshita from Belgium shares her work, and Montreal’s Lara Kramer Danse.  BC choreographers include, Wen Wei Dance, Company 605Lesley TelfordCoErasga, Kokoro DanceMascall DanceNoam Gagnon’s Vision Impure, and more – with over 30 performances including site specific work at Granville Island and LINK Dance Foundation’s Intersections II.

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