Glossy magazines have been trying to dictate how women look, eat, and behave for decades. Now they take surreal new form in a multimedia dance work by Vancouver’s Kelly McInnes. In trailers for her new Shiny, a work in part inspired by the feminist ideas of Naomi Wolf’s book The Beauty Myth, cutout magazine faces form eerily bizarre sculptural headpieces for the performers as they move about. At other moments they form blankets and clothing, until the women break nakedly free. Ideas about body image, domestic work, and perfect beauty all intermingle in a provocative, and all too timely, performance.
Shiny is at Left of Main from Wednesday to Saturday (December 6 to 9).
Pull whatever strings you have to to get to this warped adult holiday puppet show.