Kelly McInnes is privileged to be a settler based in Vancouver, B.C. on the unceded Coast Salish lands and waters of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Kelly dances with the intention of healing and through this works as a choreographer, performer and facilitator. A graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Training Program, Kelly has also trained extensively in contact improvisation at EDAM Dance and in somatic movement practices with Helen Walkley.
Often multi-disciplinary and site specific, Kelly's work explores the socio-political and invites an attention to sensation through her work. She investigates pleasure as resistance, ritual, voyuerism, body image, gaze and our bodies' connection to the earth. She seeks to challenge the status-quo and accepted normalities of how bodies, experiences and expression are censored. Kelly's choreographic work has been presented throughout Canada and in Mexico.
As a performer, Kelly has interpreted the works of EDAM Dance, MACHiNENOiSY, Restless Productions, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, 605 collective, LINK Dance, Metal Dog, Chick Snipper, Anne Cooper, Daina Ashbee, Sammy Chien, Jacinte Armstrong & Ashley Whitehead.
Community-engagement is an important part of Kelly’s practice. She has co-facilitated MINE Youth Project for the past two seasons and begins a new youth project this fall 2018. This fall, Kelly is also begins her artist-in-residence at The Roundhouse Community Centre for their 18-20 season, where she will facilitate the centre’s community dance group.
Kelly is a member of the collective, Pressed Paradise, that focuses on activating public and unconventional spaces with performance. She is also a member of Mutual Futures collective with a focus on the practice and performance of improvisation.