Artists
     
 

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Director

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 and is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) with a private practice for the past 15 years. 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.

It's a Boy Cast
It's a Boy is Kathleen's new work that is premiering November 2 to 5, 2017 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto. More info in It's a Boy.

 
 


Allen Kaeja
Allen is an award winning choreographer and filmmaker. Invited in 1981 by the Ontario Olympic Wrestling Federation, to compete for “the team,” he chose dance as his career instead. Since then he has created over a hundred stage works, written two books and directed/choreographed twenty-six films. Allen is Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with his wife Karen Kaeja and co-founder of the Canadian International Dance Festival. He teaches master workshops in Kaeja Elevations worldwide. His dances have been presented at many festivals around the globe. Over the years, Allen has received dozens of national and international commissions, including in Norway, Sweden, UK, India, the USA, and Mexico. His newest work, Jericho for Ut I Scenekunsten, has been touring Norway. Most recently, Allen was invited to work as the International Guest Choreographer and judge for Mexico’s Canal22 reality dance series Opera Prima.



Mateo Galindo (midcareer dance artist):
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.



Kousha Nakhaei
Kousha Nakhaei is a violinist, improviser and composer. He has studied improvisation and classical performance, as well as Persian and South Indian musical traditions at York University where he graduated in 2005. Kousha is also a dancer with a strong sense of technique and his own personal style. He has studied with Venno interdisciplinary creation. He has collaborated with several choreographers, dancers, poets and directors, such as Lucie Carmen Gregoire, Patty Powel, Tracey Norman, Roger Greenwald, and Jean-Michael Malpeux. He has performed at numerous venues in Toronto and many festivals, including fFIDA International dance Festival, Toronto Street Festival, and Under The Azure Dome.



Louis Barbier
Louis started circus juggling in 2005 when he was 17. He quickly progressed and soon was attending the world's largest juggling conventions in Europe where a whole new circus and dance world unfolded in front of his eyes. All of this on the side of two post-graduate degrees aiming to becoming a genetic scientist, a lifepath which is on indefinite hold. Getting deeper into the circus and dance world and her discovering that he was an artist. He expanded his repertoire of skills to include expert crystal ball manipulation, stilt-walking, and solo and partner acrobatics and contact dance Improvisation. He has performed and taught juggling and other circus and dance arts in events and on the streets in Canada, Hong Kong, China, and India. Coming back to his hometown of Toronto in spring 2015, he discovered Social Circus Circle and found a meaningful role as a support person, coach, and participant.



Rob Fairely
Rob Fairley is a 65-year-old union organizer and social movement activist who discovered dance about twenty years ago. For Rob, dance has been life changing. Although Rob is an experienced contact dancer, choreographed dance performance is something her came to later in his life. Rob recently appeared in the award-winning dance film Cure for Fears.
 
     
 
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 VIVID (2002)
Travis Birch VIVID (2006)
Tom Brouillette VIVID (2002), Long Live (2008)
Yves Candau
Dawn Carlton
Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
Bodies in the Moment (2002)
Courtnae Bowman VIVID (2002), Elysian (2002)
Bess Callard Studio VIVID (2005), VIVID (2006)
Dianne Chappitus Bodies in the Moment (2001)
Monique Comeau Close Knit (2007)
Eryn Dace-Trudell VIVID (2002)
Amy Ehrhardt Close Knit (2007)
Samantha Farruggio
Anna Finkel
Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
Studio VIVID (2005), VIVID (2006)
Nicole Fougère
Miranda Forbes
VIVID (2003)
Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
A. Francisca de la Mora
Sharon Fridman
Bodies in the Moment (2002)
Contact Dance Film Festival Headline Artist (2015)
Ella Gladstone Lapinthrope (2005)
Kim Glasco Jazz Mongers Bravo T.V. Special (1996)
Amy Hampton VIVID (2002 and 2003), Elysian (2002)
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 The Tight Weave (2011)
Robert Halley Long Live (2008)
Allen Kaeja Bodies in the Moment (2002), Lapinthrope (2005)
Karen Kaeja Bodies in the Moment (2002), Fleeting (2003), Marrow (2004), IRE (2006), Long Live (2008), Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
Kirstie Keenan
Martine Lamy
Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
Night Shells (1995)
Marlene Latour Close Knit (2007), Long Live (2008)
Suzanne Liska Close Knit (2007), Long Live (2008), Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
Taylor Lorette Close Knit (2007)
Shiela Muir Bodies in the Moment (2001-02), Frames (2002), VIVID (2003)
Eva Muller Frauenmythos (2000)
Emma Murray Pieces of Undressing (1999)
Sarah MacDonald
Malgorzata Nowacka
Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
VIVID (2002), Lapinthrope (2005)
Yvonne Ng VIVID (2003)
Chelsea O'Brian Long Live (2008)
Lisa Otto VIVID (2002 and 2003)
Lisa Pijuan Bodies in the Moment (2001 & 2002)
Marlowe Porter Close Knit (2007)
Allison Rees Cummings
Jessica Runge
Series 8:08 (2002)
Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
Meghan Smith Close Knit (2007)
Holly Small Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
Teisha Smith VIVID (2006), Long live (2008), Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011)
Veronica Smyth Close Knit (2007)
Taeji Bodies in the Moment (2001-2002)
Lee Walder Long Live (2008), Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011), Groundswell (2012)
William Yong

VIVID (2002), Lapinthrope (2005)