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.


Braydon Cairns is a Ryerson Dance graduate who joins RDDP for Dancing with the Universe and also currently dancing for Alyssa Martin's Rockbottom

Vivian Chong’s first love is drawing. Ever since she could hold a pencil, she drew day and night and, after formal training, eventually worked as a graphic designer, video editor, and 3-D animator. After a rare medical reaction to ibuprofen left her without sight, she experienced a creative rebirth and became a medal-winning triathlete, an access-focused yoga instructor, a motivational speaker, a musician, a dancer, and performer. She is part of the Brazilian percussion ensemble Samba Elégua and performs regularly with them in community events in Toronto. In 2016, she created and perfor- med a one-woman show, The Sunglasses Monologue, which toured throughout Canada. In 2020, she collaborated with choreographer Kathleen Rea to create Dancing with the Universe, a dance- theatre production starring Chong along with a cast of five dancers and a musician. She was featured in the documentary A Whole New Light, profiled in CBC Arts, and appears — with her guide dog, Catcher — in the children’s book Claire Wants A Boxing Name. Chong and Catcher often hike together, and have, over the last two years, trekked the entire 275 kilometers of the Oak Ridges Trail through rain and shine.

Karen Kaeja is an award winning performer, choreographer, educator, community builder and project instigator. Co-Artistic director of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, she thrives on developing performance platforms provoking collaborative relationships between dancers, everyday people and the body. “The mastermind behind Porch View Dances” Toronto Star, she integrates public participation through community and participatory arts practices. Her awards include Dance Ontario's 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, CDA “I Love Dance” Community Award and the Paul D. Fleck Fellowship for Innovation. Her recent work Crave received 4 Dora Mavor Moore nominations. Distinguished in The Canadian Who's Who, her other nominations include a performance Dora, American Choreography and Banff World Television Awards. She was a finalist for the TAF Muriel Sherrin Award, CDA Innovation Award, NOW Mag’s Best Local Choreographer and Best Dance Company. Commissioned and presented by performance series around the world from NFLD to Japan. she was the first resident dance artist for MUN/Dance NL and the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.

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.

Benjamin Landsberg
is a Toronto-born contemporary dancer and independent choreographer. Since his completion of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance BFA Program, he has performed and collaborated with Typecast Dance Company, MOVE: the company, inDance, Kaeja d’Dance, ezdanza, Compagnie Flak, and ProArteDanza, and toured through Canada, Asia and the United States. He has danced works by Darryl Tracy, D. A. Hoskins, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campagnella, Emily Molnar, Joshua Beamish, Hari Krishnan, Edgar Zendejas, Laurence Lemieux and Jose Navas. In January 2013, Landsberg premiered his most recent full length work, Chemical Messengers, as one of only two Creative Partnership Commissions from Dance Ontario.

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.

Apprentices: Hannah Drover and Elsie Tigges


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)