Upintheair Theatre Presents Kelly McInnes
A by-donation performance!
To give material context, recycled beauty magazines are used to create a manifestation of these beauty ideals in a sci-fi-esque world juxtaposed with domestic, everyday tasks that are associated historically as the work of women. shiny explores how our ‘domestic’ work is similar to our work at beauty. A never ending struggle, these repetitive tasks consist of cleansing, hiding the evidence and fixing what is broken comparable to the expected labour of keeping our bodies groomed, contained and beautiful in order to be deemed acceptable for public space. shiny exhibits these physical tasks while magnifying the psychological effects of these expectations.
The intention of shiny is to subvert the male gaze, un-silence and un-censor the female form while empowering, cherishing and celebrating our bodies for who and what they are. Challenging systems that profit from our insecurities, shiny seeks to reclaim our bodies as the unapologetic, imperfect masterpieces that they are. The work is inspired by McInnes' own experience of becoming a woman, as well as ‘Naomi Wolf's book 'The Beauty Myth'. shiny magnifies several of Wolf's ideas, questioning the high value society places on girls and women to be beautiful at any cost, leading to depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery.
Created & performed by Kelly McInnes in collaboration with Maxine Chadburn and Rianne Svelnis
Produced by Kelly McInnes (Vancouver)
Venue: The Founders Lounge Cabaret
rEvolver 2017 Mainstage Shows
VENUE - The Cultch: 1398 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC