Mascall, Jennifer (Wootton) 1952-
MASCALL, Jennifer (Wootton) 1952-
PERSONAL: Born December 11, 1952, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; daughter of David William and Elizabeth Mary (Blair) Wootton; married John Macfarlane, July 13, 1984; children: Nicholas, Matthew, Tobias. Education: York University, B.F.A., 1974.
CAREER: Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, teacher, 1975; Independent choreographer, 1975-82; Mount Allison summer school, teacher, 1982; Experimental Dance and Music, co-founder, co-artistic director, and teacher, 1982-89; Mascall Dance, artistic director, 1989—; Nijinsky Gibber Jazz Club, director, 1990—. Served on Canadian Council Arts Awards juries, 1985-91, Canada Council dance advisory panel, 1986-90, Vancouver Dance Center board, 1986-87, and British Columbia Status of the Artist advisory committee, 1993-94.
AWARDS, HONORS: Three External Affairs grants; Clifford E. Lee Award, 1982; Ann O'Connor Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1982; Dora Mavor Moore Award, 1983; Jacqueline Lemieux Award, 1983; Jesse Award, 1988; Commemorative Medal, 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, 1992.
(Editor) Footnotes, privately published, 1978.
SIDELIGHTS: Choreographer Jennifer Mascall is "known for her techniques of splicing movement and meaning together to make collages of contrasting references that communicate ideas and perceptions," according to a Banff Centre Web site contributor.
Mascall's choreography is a combination of ballet and modern dance.
In 1982 Mascall, along with seven others, co-founded Experimental Dance and Music (EDAM). She left EDAM in 1989 and founded Mascall Dance, in which she is also a dancer and choreographer. She published the dance-related book Footnotes in 1978.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Banff Centre,http://www.banffcentre.ab.ca/ (April 12, 2002), "Dance Festival History—Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award: Jennifer Mascall—1981."
Vancouver Public Library,http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/ (April 12, 2002), "Mascal Dance International."
Vkool Communications,http://www.vkool.com/ (April 12, 2002), "Mascall Dance."*