Meet the Artists:  Luciana Freire  D’Anunciação

Meet the Artists: Luciana Freire D’Anunciação

” It is rich to meet and to share the space. How different all of us are in the context of the proposals Jennifer offers. She made us very aware of the space.”

Luciana Freire  D’Anunciação

BLOOM artist-in-residence


Luciana Freire  D’Anunciação   Photo: Inês Nin

You are invited to BLOOM, a MascallDance artist residency focussed on choreographic work midway through its’ creation process.  Join us for two Tuesday “tastings” of these works-in-progress:

WHEN    February 20th and 27th, 2018, 
WHERE 1130 Jervis our studio in historic St John’s Church Hall.
TIME       5:30PM

WHAT     Five minute dance samplings are paired with wines selected by  outstanding Vancouver sommelier Lisa Haley  (Vancouver Magazine’s Sommelier of the Year 2017) and a comedic commentary.  

TICKETS at the door: $10 includes wine sampling.

Meet artist in residence Luciana Freire  D’Anunciação

Meet artist in residence Luciana Freire  D’Anunciação:

This work has changed a lot since BLOOM started. I jumped into the project a little later than collaborators Stefan (Smulovitz) and Lara (Abadir), and we began by sharing the choreographic role. But finding it too confusing, we designated me as the choreographer  (meaning, in this case, the one who makes final choices). We’ve kept the participation very horizontal – we all contribute.

Though we’ve known each other for some years, this is our first time working together – and there’s a huge learning process as we adapt to the new collaborative relationships. All three of us are multidisciplinary in our art practices so we like to consider our diverse skill background when creating a dance piece. Lara and me, for example, work with video so it’s fair to say that video editing influences our movement and choreographic methods.  Both Lara and I are trained in dance, but from very different backgrounds.

Our departure point is the oddness of human-like expressions from machines. Be it simple commanding announcements in public transit for example, or much more complex operating systems. We’ve been looking at devices like Siri and Alexa, that ultimately should feel like a human personal assistant. It acts like a good hearted person who is willing to help you but still lacks so much of our human intelligence that becomes something bizzare and funny. There’s a curious grey area there.  Talking to Siri for instance, we feel amazed when it just provides you answers for simple questions, but when it become more complex, the answers begin to deflect. We then bring to the studio the frustrations and the humour of those interactions and experimenting with possible looks, gestures, sequence loops, the idea of glitch and so on.

Plans at this time (performance, venue, tour, context) for the outcome of the work we’re seeing in excerpt?  Not yet, it is all a pretty new project. You’d also have to ask each of us this question. My own interest tends toward black boxes, less theatres per se than studios and rooms, set ups that are a little more open and multi-media friendly.   We’ve also been thinking about the circular configuration of BLOOM and the labyrinth – though since our initial thoughts, there’s been the choice to cover it with marley.

I haven’t studied with Jennifer Mascall before. I’m interested in her choices, and in coming to understand how she facilitates. It is rich to meet and to share the space, and how different all of us are in the context of the proposals she offers. She made us very aware of the space.

LucianaDAnunciacao                Luciana Freire  D’Anunciação         Photo:  Ash Tanasyichuck

Movement roots: My dance foundation is improvisational techniques. I’ve been trained by/with Helen Walkley and Peter Bingham (contact), who helped me to develop skills into noticing inner impulses, relationship to space and other bodies when making decisions on the present moment. So improvisation and somatic dance practices are in the foreground of my work.  However my (northeastern) Brazilian culture is also an influence in my own body expressiveness. In addition, I have studied West African movement, butoh and physical theatre; and while I am a physical artist, my work also is present in visual art contexts with performance art pieces, videos and installation.

An artist that inspires:  It is always a tricky question because it depends a lot on who am I on that moment (what are my curiosities, sensibilities and desires). Often I feel inspired by choreographies of the everyday, how crowds acts in public spaces, how people express themselves in ways as they are on the streets. An artist that I’ve been looking at closely lately is  Meg Stuart – her writing, her company Damaged Goods   the work that they do, her collaborators. She has published a book “Are We Here Yet?” that shares a lot of her understanding of dance and I find it makes so much sense to a lot of things I have been experimenting and thinking on my own dance.


BLOOM #1 2018, 5:30 PM Tuesdays Feb 20 and 27, 1130 Jervis, $10
Contact:, 604 669 9337.