AD Kathleen Rea Artists Archive          

Kathleen Rea danced with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). She fell in love with contact improvisation (CI) 21 years ago and has been involved in the CI community ever since. She has choreographed over 40 dance works and been nominated for 5 DORA awards. Kathleen has a learning disability that throughout her life has meant that writing take 4 to 8 times longer than the average person. It is one of life’s great surprises and mysteries for her that despite the struggle she developed a love of writing and is a published author (“The Healing Dance” -Charles C. Thomas Publisher, as well as blog and academic writing). She has a Master’s in Expressive Arts with a minor in Psychology. She has a passion for functional movement and is a teacher candidate of the Axis Syllabus. She is the director of REAson d’etre dance productions a not-for-profit contact improvisation based dance company that produces a weekly dance jam in Toronto, the Contact Dance International Film Festival and dance-theatre productions. Being on the autism spectrum she also identifies as being neuro-atypical and works to educate the world about neurodiversity.

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.

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Karen Kaeja is an award-winning performer, choreographer, mentor, community builder and project instigator whose work interrogates relational feminine perspectives. “The mastermind behind Porch View Dances” Toronto Star, she develops performance platforms provoking collaborative relationships between dancers, everyday people and the body. Co-Artistic Director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, her awards include the 2019 Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award, the CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award and the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation (Banff). She has been honoured with 7 Dora Mavor Moore nominations, including 4 for Crave (winning outstanding male). “When she dances, her reserve turns into something almost violently intense.” Globe and Mail. Karen is distinguished in The Canadian Who’s Who, was a finalist for the TAF Muriel Sherrin Award for International achievement, the CDA Innovation Award, NOW’s Best Local Choreographer and twice nominated for NOW’s Best Dance Company. Commissioned and presented by performance series around the world, she continues to dance for many of Canada’s brilliant choreographers, including Kathleen Rea’s productions since 2002. Karen is the Stratford Festival’s first movement dramaturge, engaged for the 2020 premiere of Wendy and Peter Pan.

Suzanne Liska
 has choreographed and danced in works for CanAsian KickStart, DanceWorks CoWorks, Dusk Dances, and Dance Matters, receiving grants and awards through York University, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council. Since 2008, Suzanne has had the honour of performing in several of Kathleen Rea’s works. Recently in 2019, Suzanne co-choreographed “Thread Bound” a dance-theatre duet with Kathleen, reviewed as “elegant and evocative...relentless energy and beautifully executed choreography” (Bateman Review 2019). Suzanne has also originated in roles for choreographers Maxine Heppner, Pam Johnson, Karen Kaeja, and Susan Lee. Suzanne’s next project is a co-creation with dance artist Takako Segawa along with composer Heidi Chan. As a Certified Alexander Technique Teacher and a Teaching member of ATI (Alexander Technique International) with a B.A., B. Education, and a SHHRC funded MFA in Choreography, Suzanne teaches professional dancers, actors, community dancers, and high school and elementary school students. She has taught workshops for Collective Gulp in Ottawa, CCDC in Calgary, CINN in Tokyo, and Leviathan studio in BC and in Toronto for Randolph Performing Arts College, Ryerson University, George Brown and Humber College. She is contract Faculty in York University’s Dance department.


REAson d'etre dance productions' Artists Archive

Luke Anderson

Sofia Castillo Ardines

Aya Belsheim

Zoomprov (2022)

Dancing with the Universe (2022)

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)

Braydon Cairns

Yves Candau

Dawn Carlton

Vivian Chong

Dancing with the Universe (2020 & 2022)

Unraveling (2011)

Bodies in the Moment (2002)

Dancing with the Universe (2020 & 2022)

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)

Sid Ryan Eilers

Amy Ehrhardt

Dancing with the Universe (2022)

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)

Nickeshia Garrick

Ella Gladstone

Dancing with the Universe (2022)

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), Dancing with the Universe (2020 & 2022)

Andre Kamienski

Kirstie Keenan

Ryan Kostyniuk

Ben Lansberg

Emily LeBlanc

Martine Lamy

Contact Dance International Film Festival (2017)

Unraveling (2011)

Dancing with the Universe (2022)

Dancing with the Universe (2020)

Etched (2019), Dancing with the Universe (2020)

Night Shells (1995)

Marlene Latour Close Knit (2007), Long Live (2008)

Paul Lewis

Suzanne Liska

Men's Cirlce (2017), Querying Gender (2022)

Close Knit (2007), Long Live (2008), Unraveling The Tight Weave (2011), Thread Bound (2019), Dancing with the Universe (2020 and 2022)

Taylor Lorette

Close Knit (2007)

Sarah MacDonald

Steff Mendolia 

Mayumu Minakawa

Shiela Muir

Unraveling (2011)

Contact Zoomprov (2022)

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

Jonathon Neville

Yvonne Ng

Malgorzata Nowacka

Zita Nyarady

Men's Circle (2017)

Men's Circle (2017), Dancing with the Universe (2022)

Querying Gender (2022)

Fleeting (2003)

VIVID (2002), Lapinthrope (2005)

Dancing with the Universe (2022)

Chelsea O'Brian Long Live (2008)

Cheryl O

Lisa Otto

Dancing with the universe (2020 $ 2022)

Marrow (2002), Fleeting (2003)

Lisa Pijuan Bodies in the Moment (2001 & 2002)

Marlowe Porter

Close Knit (2007)

Allison Rees Cummings

Jen Roy

Jessica Runge

Series 8:08 (2002)

Zoomprov (2022)

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)


Valentina Tambini

Harold Tausch

Elise Tigges

Mateo Galindo Torres

Bodies in the Moment (2001-2002)

Concert Series (2022)

Men's Cricle (2017)

Dancing with the Universe (2022)

Men's Cirlce (2017), Etched (2019), Querying Gender (2022)

Lee Walder

Harriet Waghorn

Jayeden Walker

Tom Weksler

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

Contact Dance International Film Festival (2017)

Querying Gender (2022)

Contact Dance International Film Festival (2017)

William Yong

VIVID (2002), Lapinthrope (2005)