Walter Kubanek and Eloi Homier in OW Photography: Michael Slobodian
For the past 45 years Mascall has accompanied classes and discussions with gibberish.
This has led to OW, constructing a libretto of repeatable human emotions, analyzing timing, accents and rhythms of the sounds that erupt from the body as expressions. The experience of the dancer collaborators is physically challenging and emotionally surprising; what has emerged to date is fast, rhythmic, often wildly funny, rhythmic and noisy.
Mascall: “I first tackled this idea with student dancers in Folk Dance for Muddy Waters (2013, School of Contemporary Dancers, Winnipeg). This new investigation is fuelled by the input of mature performers, and the company has benefitted greatly from the collaborative creative process, offering discoveries that have been the highlight of our research work this season.”
Scoring and performing live in the upcoming production is composer and violist Stefan Smulovitz, with whom Mascall has collaborated on previous interdisciplinary works. Specialist in experimental voice DB Boyko joins them. Liz Kinoshita (Brussels) has contributed insights on the mechanisms of the Musical. Performers involved in the premiere of this body of research include Anne Cooper, Vanessa Goodman, Eloi Homier, Billy Marchenski, Molly McDermott, and Walter Kubanek.
Mascall’s somatic approach incorporates the different systems of the body, and employs a technique derived from her Grotowski-based training with Linda Putnam and Evergreen Theatre. Mascall is, as ever, researching the universals through the body. The result is work carrying very few assumptions.
Dancing on the Edge 2017 saw progress excerpts of OW were presented to warm response.
The production premieres July 4-14, 2018, installed in the MascallDance space at 1130 Jervis, during the 2018 Dancing on the Edge Festival.