AD Kathleen Rea Artists Archive          


Kathleen Rea 
Kathleen danced with Canada's Ballet Jorgen, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). Kathleen is a certified instructor of the Melt Method (Hand and Feet) and teaches Contact Dance Improvisation at George Brown Dance.

She has choreographed over 40 dance works and been nominated for five DORA awards. Her film Lapinthrope, co-produced with Alec Kinnear won Gold Award at the Festival Der Nationen (Austria). Kathleen is also a recipient of a K. M. Hunter Choreographic Award.

Kathleen is a published author (“The Healing Dance”, Charles C. Thomas). She has a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy. In January 2015 Kathleen became a candidate teacher of the Axis Syllabus. Recently Kathleen graduated as a Brian Advancement Coach (Pyramid of Potential Method). She is the director of REAson d’etre dance productions who produces both the Wednesday Dance Jam and the Contact Dance International Film Festival.

Tristan R. Whiston
is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in Toronto’s arts community for over 25 years as a director, dramaturge, writer, performer, and community artist. Tristan has written and directed five audio documentaries for CBC; most notably, his work, Middle C, won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio. As the Artist-in-Residence at Central Toronto Youth Services (2004 to  2010), Tristan directed Gender Play,a theatre project working with LGBTQ youth exploring experiences of gender identity. Tristan recently collaborated with Moynan King on an integrated art and sound performance piece called trace, which toured Canada in 2015. In 2016, Tristan travelled to England where he was dramaturge and performer on Hush, a new musical written by Alex Bulmer which was presented at the London International Festival of Theatre and at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.


Vivian Chong

After accepting her blindness, Vivian truly appreciate her gift of creativity.  She flow through accessibility challenges in life with creative solution and a flexible perspective.  She navigates crowded dance floor by flowing from one partner’s arm to the next.  She learned the complicated west coast swing dance steps by feelings dancing feet with her hands.  She circled her partner in salsa dance by tracing her finger tip on her partner’s waist.  She flies in the air with her partner’s lift in contact improv.  In the confinement of blindness, Vivian finds freedom in her dance.  Vivian is excited to work with her dance director Kathleen Rea in TENS.  A dance story about Vivian’s emotional journey of her life after blindness.  Using touch to make sense of her surroundings, Vivian createconnections with humans and objects with   every cellls  in  her body

Emily LeBlanc

Emily LeBlanc is a dancer, choreographer and registered craniosacral therapist.  She studied dance and choreography at Concordia University from 2007 to 2011.  Following graduation she performed and presented choreography at Montreal Fringe, L'Espace Commun and Tangente. Most recently she was an artist in residence at Lake Studios (Berlin) and Earthdance (Massachusetts). When she is not dancing she is a dedicated craniosacral therapist and enjoys supporting others on their healing journey.

Suzanne Liska
(B.A., B.Ed., SSHRC funded MFA in Dance Choreography)  is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and researcher specializing in dance improvisation and somatics since 1998. Suzanne has originated in roles for choreographers Rebecca Bryant, Maxine Heppner, Pam Johnson, Karen Kaeja, Susan Lee, Kathleen Rea and Takako Segawa. Suzanne has choreographed and performed works presented by DanceWorks CoWorks, Dusk Dances, Dance Matters, DARK, and Harbourfront Centre. As a company dancer for Kathleen Rea’s REAson d’etre Dance Productions, Suzanne danced in the three times Dora Award nominated “Long Live”. Upcoming projects include co-creations with celebrated dance artists Susan Lee and Takako Segawa, JJ Lee (visual artist), and Sabrina Budiman (videographer). Suzanne has taught workshop intensives for Collective Gulp in Ottawa, CCDC in Calgary, CINN in Tokyo, and Leviathan studio in BC and for Ryerson University, George Brown and Humber College in Toronto. She is a course director in York University’s Dance department. Suzanne is currently working whit Kathleen Rea co-creating a new work inspired by mothering to premiere in winter 2020.

Mateo Galindo Torres
Mateo Galindo Torres is a dancer and choreographer, with side projects in film, photography and music editing. Torres has trained and performed in Colombia, USA, Cuba, Panama and Canada. His most recent professional experience includes work with Hanna Kiel, Frog in Hand, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Danny Grossman, Janak Khendry, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, William Yong, Kaeja d’dance, Maxine Heppner, Toronto International Ballet Theatre and Olga Barrios. Torres is the artistic advisor and guest choreographer of the newly founded company Form Contemporary Dance Theatre. Torres’ work is often politically charged, inspired by social subject matters, and fuses his eclectic movement background. Mateo is currently working on a dance film Etched choreographed by Kathleen Rea.

Deltin Sejour
Deltin Sejour received his early training in martial arts—but discovered his calling in dance at the age of 13, during a dance battle with his friends.Born and raised in Freeport Grand Bahama, The Bahamas, Deltin’s focus soon shifted, and he began intense training in theatre and dance which eventually landed him at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and in the Dance Performance program at George Brown College in Canada. Deltin also spent time studying various aspects of yoga, mind and movement, and travelled to India to gain further instructor training.As an emerging dance and movement artist, Deltin continues his education by collaborating and creating meaningful, thoughtful, physical and engaging work in various forms of diverse dance. He longs to serve humanity, so has also become heavily involved in the Baha’i Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program in his community.


REAson d'etre dance productions' Artists Archive

Aya Belsheim Close Knit (2007)

Johanna Bergfeldt

Aurthur Bernard

VIVID (2002), Studio VIVID (2005), VIVID (2006)

Contact Dance Film Festival Headline Artist (2015)

Piotr Biernat

Fleeting (2002)

Travis Birch

VIVID (2006)

Tom Brouillette

Fleeting (2002), Long Live (2008)

Yves Candau

Dawn Carlton

Unraveling (2011)

Bodies in the Moment (2002)

Bill Coleman

Courtnae Bowman

Men's Circle (2017)

VIVID (2002), Elysian (2002)

Bess Callard

Studio IRE (2005), IRE (2006)

Dianne Chappitus

Bodies in the Moment (2001)

Monique Comeau

Close Knit (2007)

Eryn Dace-Trudell

Fleeting (2002)

Amy Ehrhardt

Close Knit (2007)

Samantha Farruggio

Anna Finkel

Unraveling (2011)

Studio IRE (2005), IRE (2006)

Nicole Fougère

Miranda Forbes

Marrow (2003)

Unraveling (2011)

Francisca de la Mora

Sharon Fridman

Bodies in the Moment (2002)

Contact Dance Film Festival Headline Artist (2015)

Ella Gladstone

Lapinthrope (2005)

Amy Hampton

Elysian (2002), Fleeting (2002), Marrow( 2003)

Anna Hein

Lapinthrope (2005), Frauenmythos (2000)

Tom Hui

Bodies in the Moment (2002)

Dwain Jones

Bodies in the Moment (2002

Pam Johnson

Janet Johnson

Bodies in the Moment (2001), VIVID (2006)

Unraveling (2011)

Robert Halley

Long Live (2008)

Allen Kaeja

Bodies in the Moment (2002), Lapinthrope (2005), Men's Circle (2017)

Karen Kaeja

Bodies in the Moment (2002), Fleeting (2003), Marrow (2004), IRE (2006), Long Live (2008), Unraveling (2011)

Andre Kamienski

Kirstie Keenan

Emily LeBlanc

Martine Lamy

Contact Dance International Film Festival (2017)

Unraveling (2011)

Etched (2019)

Night Shells (1995)

Marlene Latour

Close Knit (2007), Long Live (2008)

Paul Lewis

Suzanne Liska

Men's Cirlce (2017)

Close Knit (2007), Long Live (2008), Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011), Folding Into You (2019)

Taylor Lorette

Close Knit (2007)

Sarah MacDonald

Mayumu Minakawa

Shiela Muir

Unraveling (2011)

Contact Dance International Film Festival (2017)

Bodies in the Moment (2001-02), Frames (2002), VIVID (2003)

Eva Muller

Frauenmythos (2000)

Emma Murray

Pieces of Undressing (1999)

Kousha Nakhaei

Rudi Natterer

Yvonne Ng

Malgorzata Nowacka

Men's Circle (2017)

Men's Circle (2017)

Fleeting (2003)

VIVID (2002), Lapinthrope (2005)

Chelsea O'Brian Long Live (2008)

Lisa Otto

Marrow (2002), Fleeting (2003)

Lisa Pijuan

Bodies in the Moment (2001 & 2002)

Marlowe Porter

Close Knit (2007)

Allison Rees Cummings

Jessica Runge

Series 8:08 (2002)

Unraveling (2011)

Deltin Sejours

Alexander Short

Malcolm Shute

Meghan Smith

Men's Cirlce (2017)

Contact Dance Internattional Film Festival (2017)

Contact Dance Internattional Film Festival (2017)

Close Knit (2007)

Holly Small

Unraveling  (2011)

Teisha Smith

VIVID (2006), Long live (2008), Unraveling (2011)

Veronica Smyth

Close Knit (2007)


Harold Tausch

Mateo Galindo Torres

Bodies in the Moment (2001-2002)

Men's Cricle (2017)

Men's Cirlce (2017), Etched (2019)

Lee Walder

Harriet Waghorn

Tom Weksler

Long Live (2008), Unraveling (2011), Groundswell (2012)

Contact Dance International Film Festival (2017)

Contact Dance International Film Festival (2017)

William Yong

VIVID (2002), Lapinthrope (2005)