A MENOS QUE QUIERAS BAILAR is a collaboration between Mexican artist Areli Moran and Canadian artists Kelly McInnes and Rianne Svelnis. These 3 performers invite 15 guests to the circle and to participate with their senses in a ceremony of movement, tension and relief, the bizarre, the familiar and the transformative. Each guest has a specific instruction, resulting in a unique experience of personal, interpersonal and collective patterning. The last section of the work is a structured conversation with the guests, based on Liz Lerman`s critical response process. The voices of the guests are essential to the work as it evolves with every group that it engages.
Concept, Choreography & Performance: Kelly McInnes, Rianne Svelnis & Areli Moran
The creation and development of A MENOS QUE QUIERAS BAILAR has been made possible through residence at Marta Marta’s the HopBopShop, Espacio Expectante and Lake Studios Berlin, along with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The work has been presented at Espacio Expectante, KW Studios and Lake Studios Berlin.
A menos que quieras bailar is supported by Canada Council Arts.
Kelly McInnes is grateful to be a settler based in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded Coast Salish lands and waters of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Kelly dances with the intention of healing and through this works as a choreographer, performer and facilitator. Often multi-disciplinary, collaborative and site specific, Kelly’s work explores the socio-political and invites an attention to sensation. She investigates pleasure as resistance, ritual, voyuerism, body image, gaze and our bodies’ connection to the earth. Kelly’s choreographic work has been presented throughout B.C., in Toronto and in Mexico. Most recently, Kelly’s work SHINY was presented at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, where she also received the 2019 VIDF Choreographic Award. She has been awarded three grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, four grants from the BC Arts Council, as well as small grant support from the Vancouver Parks Board and ArtStarts. As an interpreter, Kelly has worked for EDAM Dance, MACHiNENOiSY, Restless Productions, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, 605 collective, LINK Dance, Metal Dog, Chick Snipper, Anne Cooper, Daina Ashbee, Olivia Davies, Sammy Chien, Jacinte Armstrong & Ashley Whitehead. Community-engagement is an important part of her practice. She facilitates projects with community and currently is artist-in-residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers for the 18-20 season and director of Epoch Youth Project. Kelly is a member of the collective, Pressed Paradise, that focuses on activating public and unconventional spaces with performance alongside Arash Khakpour and Heather Lamoureux. She is also a member of Mutual Futures collective with a focus on the practice and performance of improvisation. (kellymcinnes.com)
Areli Moran Mayoral. Mexican choreographer, dancer and cultural manager, base in Monterrey Mexico and Berlin, Germany. Graduated from Escuela Superior de Music y Danza de Monterrey with bachelor degree as interpreter in contemporary dance in 2008. She created and perform divers projects in collaboration with dancers, musicians and visual artist. Her own work have been presented in Mexico Canada and Berlin, where she also developed new collaborations. In 2015 she founded her company Expectante in Monterrey, Mexico focuses in her creations as well production and management of workshops and performances tours of other national and international artist and in 2017 she founded her studio Espacio Expectante, a multifunctional platform focuses in the research, encounter, dialog and creation for the contemporary art scene.
Areli is current performer of Canadian choreographer Daina Ashbee in her pieces Unrelated and Serpentine, touring in Europe, Canada and Mexico in venues such as La Biennale di Venezia, DANCE Munich, Tanztage Potsdam, National Arts Center Ottawa among others. She continue her collaborations with artist from Mexico and Canadá.
Rianne Svelnis is a queer independent dance artist and a second generation settler born and based in Vancouver BC, on the shared unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories. In her artistic practice, Rianne questions the interfaces between place, privilege and the perception of the body, how it moves and how we move one another. She has danced in works by Justine Chambers, MACHiNENOiSY, Emmalena Fredriksson, Olivia Davies, Sasha Kleinplatz, Daisy Thompson, Kelly McInnes and Naomi Brand, among others, and has also presented her own choreographic work in collaboration with Kelly McInnes, Areli Moran (Mexico) and Zahra Shahab. Rianne also has a rich and diverse teaching and facilitation practice, and works with a wide range of communities to explore dance outside of institutional and professional settings.
A MENOS QUE QUIERAS BAILAR es una colaboración entre la artista Mexicana Areli Moran y las artistas canadienses Kelly McInnes y Rianne Svelnis. Las interpretes invitan 9-12 asistentes al circulo y a participar con sus sentidos en una ceremonia de movimiento, tension y relajación, de lo bizarro, de la familia y de lo transformador. Cada asistente tiene una instrucción específica, resultando una experiencia única de patrones personales, interpersonales y colectivos. La ultima sección de la obra es una conversación estructurada con los asistentes basado en el método de Liz Lerman “Critical response process” . Las opiniones de los invitados son esenciales para el trabajo ya que se involucran en la obra se desarrolla con cada grupo que se involucra.