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Performance, Dance and Writing by Susan McKenzie

A still from Susan McKenzie's Tornado performanceTornado (performance still)

Susan McKenzie is a dancer and choreographer who currently resides in North Vancouver, BC. Both independently and as artistic director of Jumpstart Performance Society, Susan has created numerous works of performance, dance and writing that express an elegant and thoughtful way of viewing the world.


Dansa Serpentina, Loie Fuller, 1900


Susan’s portfolio website includes a selection of her private choreography works as well as some events and performances organized by Jumpstart Performance Society. I like the way that viewers are able to get a feel for the inspiration behind some of the performances in the information that Susan shares. Her Silk dance, for example, was an homage to Loie Fuller, a dancer in the early 20th century who pioneered some now famous and widely-used dance techniques. Susan includes a short video of one of Fuller’s performances alongside some still images of her own dance.


A screen capture of Susan McKenzie's websiteThe MascallDance gallery on Susan's website

 The artist has also used dance and performance as a way of paying tribute to friends and supporters who have passed on. Each name in her portfolio is accompanied by a short but heartfelt essay.


A photo collage of some dance works by Susan McKenzieDocumentation of the Tornado project

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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