Gratefully based on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Kelly McInnes is driven to explore the expressive, transformative power of movement through her work as choreographer, performer and facilitator.
With an artistic approach prioritizing research, creation and performance, Kelly's choreographic practice is concerned with embodying the socio-political and imagining new ways of being that invoke collective healing. Often multi-disciplinary, collaborative and site specific, Kelly creates as a call to action. With the intention to invite embodied reflection, she explores our complex human relationship with our bodies, one another and the earth. Most importantly, she aims to inspire hope in our capacity for meaningful change. Her recent choreographic projects include: Blue Space, SHINY, A MENOS QUE QUIERAS BAILAR, Rolling Boil, Acclimatized, ree-wahyld, MINE, This is not my body and Two°.
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.
As a performer, Kelly has danced the works of EDAM Dance, MACHiNENOiSY, Restless Productions, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, 605 collective, LINK Dance, Metal Dog, Chick Snipper, Anne Cooper, Olivia Davies, Daina Ashbee, Sammy Chien, Jacinte Armstrong & Ashley Whitehead.
Community-engagement is integral to Kelly’s practice. She is director and co-facilitator of Epoch Youth Project, now in it's fourth season. She is also currently in her second season as facilitator and artist-in-residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers.
Kelly is a member of Pressed Paradise collective, focusing on activating public and unconventional spaces with performance, alongside Arash Khakpour and Heather Lamoureux. Recent projects include Burrard Bridge, Marathassa, A Game in the Loading Bay, House of Paradise, Happy Unceded Canada Day and Death Wall.