F.A.Q.   BLOOM 2017

F.A.Q. BLOOM 2017

Q/   Who is eligible?  

3-5 choreographers bringing works  of  maximum length 5 minutes.    All choreographic styles welcome.

Priority to choreographers from a range of roles – emerging, established, and varied geographic locations (local, BC, national and international)


Q   What’s the focus of BLOOM?

BLOOM residencies give time and tools for choreographers to mature their work and hone their craft.   We support elements of development that are undervalued or difficult to obtain.



Q/   Why no solos?

Because BLOOM works on compositional craft;  we focus on the transmission between choreographer and dancer.



Q/  Why not just let choreographers bring any material they want to the residency?

We specifically ask choreographers to bring material in “mid-creation”.

We’re working on issues after initiation, before culminating.

We are tackling the ideas you want to be working with, not the packaging of it, so when you return to the full piece you have content.

We’re trying to structure a situation where the hard construction/invention work of craft is tackled, outside of adrenalin.


Q/  How many dancers do I bring?

BLOOM welcomes any number of dancers the choreographer wishes to bring.

Dancers must be available for all performances to participate.

Dancers are not charged for their participation in any aspect of BLOOM.

Q/  Does MascallDance provide dancers? 

MascallDance works to provide apprentices to dance in  BLOOM.

One – possibly two – dancers may be available to BLOOM #1 choreographers.  Subject to confirmation.

For further info:   admin@mascalldance.ca 


Q/   What is the choreographic toolkit?  

The residency begins with 9 hours of structured skill development in three hour daily units.

Each choreographer gets an opportunity to work with the group.

The focus is on developing skills as a leader/choreographer, addressing tools of choreographic craft.   As leader, Mascall assigns problems, and the group tackles what arises together.

As well, we tackle some practical aspects of the residency so everyone knows what to expect and needn’t be distracted. For instance, the cohort puts the final shows together; we work efficiently through set-up needs, strike, duties and requirements.

Rehearsal hours during residencies are mutually scheduled by the artists.  As well as single-use rehearsal hours, there are available periods of shared studio space by up to three choreographers if they choose (entirely negotiable at any time).

Sometimes shared space is a catalyst;  other times, it’s the opposite. So one aspect of our skill-building  covers the uses, dynamics, and limitations of shared space –  how to use it, and how to assess when sharing space is and is not of use to your work.


Q/  What transpires in the editing part of BLOOM?

BLOOM offers two editing sessions, each one hour long, one on one with  Jennifer Mascall,   scheduled by mutual arrangement.

Jennifer, on what editing is:

“I think of it as coming to terms with the language you are trying to work in, and pointing out its’ grammar and where the choreography looks like the choreographer has left their chosen language.”



Q/   Why have performances?

Choreography requires an audience.  Performance is central in the feedback loop –  input from performers, audience, viewers, space, video, choreographic work between viewings.

BLOOM’s CINQ A SEPT salon series gives the work a performance energy injection.

Deliberately low-key, the salons counter many usual pressures of finished performance.

Involved artists all invite their circles, drawing supportive and engaged viewers in a relaxed atmosphere where conversation is encouraged.


Before the show, a sommelier pairs each dance with a wine selection, based on the choreographers’ adjectives.  Each pairing is sampled together and considered.  Little books are offered the viewer to record any observations they care to.


Storytellers or stand-up comics (with a rigorously gentle agenda)  further set the tone – improvising a commentary on each five minute work.  Funny, whimsical or droll,  these inject playfulness and release viewers from the “I just don’t get it” rut.

Salon performances are separated by a week, giving choreographers opportunity to respond to what they’ve seen and observed.


Q/    What does BLOOM cost?

Fee:   $100.     Performance Box Office is split between choreographers, so each takes home some money.

Q/   Can I get a video?

MascallDance can provide a video document of your work in performance  ($25) by separate arrangement.

MascallDance Adobe edit platform is available for use ( technical assistance not available).

Q/   When are the performances?


        BLOOM #2 Jul 4 and 11th, 2017

Showtime  5:30PM        Doors open @5PM



1130 Jervis Street, Vancouver BC  CANADA   V6E 2C7