Gratefully based on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, so-called Vancouver, Canada, Kelly McInnes is a dance artist concerned with embodying care, sensuality, hope and complexity. As choreographer, performer and community-engaged facilitator, the intention of her work is to inspire collective healing. Now certified in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Kelly's artistic work is powerfully inspired by this practice.
With an artistic approach prioritizing research, creation and performance, Kelly's work is often multi-disciplinary, collaborative and site specific. She is ever curious to tune into to her animality and consider her being an expression of the Earth. Her recent choreographic projects include: Mouth to Mouth, Blue Space, Exquisite Dust, Become, this earthly place, Arriving out of Silence, SHINY, A MENOS QUE QUIERAS BAILAR, and Rolling Boil.
Along with her growing portfolio of self-presentations, Kelly's work has been performed at Vancouver International Dance Festival, Feminist Art Conference, Espacio Expectante, Lake Studios Berlin, Dance In Vancouver, New Works at Night, SKAMpede Festival, Vines Art Festival, ArtsWells Festival, Casa de la Cultura and Interplay Project, among others. Kelly received the Choreographic Award at the 2019 Vancouver International Dance Festival for her work SHINY.
Kelly has danced the works of EDAM Dance, MACHiNENOiSY, Restless Productions, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, 605 collective, LINK Dance/Gail Lotenberg, Metal Dog, Chick Snipper, Anne Cooper, Olivia Davies/O.Dela Arts, Daina Ashbee among others. She also enjoys working in supportive creative and production roles for Dumb Instrument Dance / Ziyian Kwan and O.Dela Arts / Matriarchs Uprising.
Community-engagement is integral to Kelly’s practice. She worked with youth over several years through her projects MINE and Epoch Youth Project and she recently completed a 4th and final season as facilitator and artist-in-residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers.