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blue space

Photo by Nico Dicecco of Kelly McInnes

In Blue Space Kelly McInnes explores our intrinsic connection to water – the water that makes up our bodies and the world we inhabit. Full of startling imagery, this deeply-felt solo born of grief and hope explores tensions between the healing and the exploitation involved in our relationship to Earth. It is an invitation to remember what we’re made of.

Blue Space is a reflection, a prayer and a mourning. It is hope, action, confusion, grief. It is remembering and healing. A celebration of oceans within oceans, waterfalls from wet eyes, rivers of relentless care. It is melting, pouring, swirling sorrow and peace. Blue Space is all shades of blue.

Blue Space is a calling to gather and feel together the impacts of the Climate Crisis on our beings. As the crisis grows ever more present and frightening, the performance is a space that welcomes the heartache, that accompanies the destruction and uncertainty of these times, while also offering resourcing through collective shared experience, and peaceful, beautiful images and sounds of water and body.

Concept, Choreography & Performance: Kelly McInnes

Lighting Designer: Jessica Han

Creative Support: Ziyian Kwan, Hayley Gawthrop, Eddy Van Wyk, Elissa Hanson, Raïna von Waldenburg

Blue Space premiered in November 2019 as part of New Works at Night series at The Annex in Vancouver, B.C. ​The work has also been presented at Dance in Vancouver at The Dance Centre in November 2021 and at The Roundhouse in March 2022.

Development of Blue Space has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts & BC Arts Council.