Way Out West: Jennifer Mascall
We thought we’d save Jennifer to the very end. Artistic Director of Mascall Dance and founder of Way Out West, Jennifer is one of the most strangely wonderful ladies I have ever met.
I first encountered her in Linda Putnam’s workshops during the first few years at WOW, and was taken by her presence, her honesty and her tenacity. Many years later, I still feel the same way.
I will let her words speak for themselves. Ladies and gentleman, Jennifer Mascall:
When was Way Out West (WOW) started and what was its original intention?
Way Out West was started seven years ago, when I was taking a year off as an artistic director in order to develop a BMC technique class, so the summer school was planned a year in advance. Originally I wanted a summer school to show off Vancouver teachers because I think we have some great ones here, and then hold workshops with three master teachers throughout the year, to give (me and I assumed other) professional dance artists, an ongoing training way beyond basics. The three teachers I was interested in was Linda Putnam, Amelia Itcush and Judith Koltai. By the second year of WOW we decided to amalgamate both streams. Ron Stewart was out guest artistic director that year and he named Way Out West. After six fabulous summers I am ready to re-thing, re-vamp and renovate WOW to include a new vision.
How did you first get interested in improvisation and what is your current interest in the form?