This blog looks at life, parenting and therapy from an health and expressive arts perspective and is written by expressive art therapist and author Kathleen Rea.
Kathleen Rea danced with Ballet Jörgen Canada, National Ballet of Canada and Tiroler Landestheater (Austria).
In 2000 she formed REAson d’etre dance productions, a dance company that promotes contact dance improvisation. Kathleen Rea has emerged as a choreographic presence. Her work is “fabulously original” [Sheena Wilson, www.danceinsider.com] . Kathleen’s individuality of expression stems from her varied background, which includes ballet, modern, contact improvisation, and dance theatre and is influenced by the multi-disciplinary art techniques involved in Expressive Arts. Kathleen has choreographed over 40 original works for various organizations including REAson d’etre dance productions, Bravo Television Network, Ballet Jörgen Canada, Canadian Olympic Association, Decadence Films, Dusk Dances, Gender Play, George Brown Dance , Good Hair Day Productions, princess productions, Prologue for the Performing Arts, Ryerson University Dance Program, Studio 303 and Toronto Dance Theatre. Her work Flux was mentioned in the Now Magazine Top Ten Dance Shows as being “Imaginative, richly theatrical…with a clown inspired whimsy…a delight” (Glenn Sumi). Kathleen’s full-length ballet, The Velveteen Rabbit, has been performed by Ballet Jorgen Canada on tour across North America. Her award winning film Lapinthrope directed and produced by Alec Kinnear premiered at international festivals world wide and aired on Bravo!Canada television network. In 2009 Kathleen’s modern ballet Long Live was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore awards including outstanding choreography. In 2010 Kathleen won the K.M Hunter Dance Award.
Kathleen is long standing a member of the contact dance Improvisation community, founding the Wednesday Dance Jam. The Wednesday Dance jam provides a dance class followed by a contact jam with live music and has run weekly in Toronto for 12 years.
Kathleen Rea has a Master’s degree in the Expressive Arts Therapy with minor in Psychology from the European Graduate School and ISIS-Canada. Along with a private practice Kathleen does therapeutic performance facilitation in which she helps groups express their life stories through dance and theatre performance.
Kathleen teahces contact dance improvisation at George Brown College and Niagara College.
Her book The Healing Dance: The Life and Practice of an Expressive Arts Therapist, published by Charles C. Thomas Publishers is available on Amazon. The Healing Dance was named by the editor of Canadian Living magazine, Susan Antonacci, as one of her Favorite Things in their March 2013 issue.