The media message is the message as SHINY tackles beauty standards


Part of Vancouver International Dance Festival

When: March 20-23, 5 p.m.

Where: KW Production Studio

Tickets and info: From $15,

Choreographer Kelly McInnes has stood up to the thing that caused her pain by turning it into art.

Her new work SHINY is a multidisciplinary performance piece that takes to task the impossible beauty standards that the mainstream media bombards girls and women with every second of every day.

Vancouver, BC: MARCH 05, 2019 — Maggie McGee rehearses a scene from Shiny, a performance dance piece at KW Production studio in Vancouver, BC Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (Photo by Jason Payne/ PNG) (For story by Dana Gee) ORG XMIT: kellymcinnes [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Maggie McGhee rehearses a scene from SHINY.

The one-hour show stars McInnes, Maggie McGhee and Luciana D’Anunciacao and is part of the Vancouver International Dance Festival (to March 30 at various venues).

“I was recovering from an eating disorder. I had those beauty magazines around me my whole life. I struggled with body image issues and an eating disorder for quite some time so I wanted to make something to help me in my journey through that,” said McInnes, who started thinking about creating the piece back in 2015.

Luciana D’Anunciacao in SHINY.

This upcoming run marks only the second time the piece has been performed in full.

This step forward is timed perfectly as McInnes last fall was able to say goodbye to regular jobs and support herself with her art.

“It is pretty awesome. Sometimes it feels pretty precarious,” said McInnes.

“It is awesome. I love that my life is always changing all the time from project to project. I am focusing on my own projects, but also I’ve worked with a lot of different choreographers in the last year and I feel like I have learned so much. Working with other people really helps me learn how to direct.

“It’s really fulfilling. It’s super exciting,” said McInnes. “I’m living the dream.”

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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