Five Angels on the Steps, performed by Kathleen Rea created by Newton Moraes

Five Angels on the Steps

Friday, November 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Kathleen Rea returns to the stage in this new COVID world to perform Five Angels on the Steps, a solo dance work created by choreographer Newton Moraes. Newton Moraes is a Toronto-based Brazilian choreographer who lives to transform moments that mark life, positive or negative, into dance. Moraes dove into this process, exploring the inner workings of Rea’s life experiences as they rehearsed together. He then wove these into an imagistic tapestry of human expression. His creation is a testament to Rea, who as a mature dancer, brings a depth of presence and experience to the stage.

The title, Five Angels on the Steps derives from Rea’s near-death experiences in which she floated out of her body and met five angels in the canopy of a forest grove. What she learned from them is one of the main drivers of this dance work. They are forever present in the work, represented by five large yellow and red octagonal cylinders. Inevitably, Rea’s unique perspective from living with Autism also permeates the work. Along for the ride is “Skelly”, Rea’s anatomical skeleton that she uses to teach functional movement classes in her work life. The themes explored are death, madness, visions, being neuroatypical, functional movement and anatomy, sensuality, little monsters, love and loss. Be prepared for an intense ride!

Five Angels on the Steps is 50 minutes in length.

It is only suitable for a mature audience (16 plus) due to the mature themes that are explored.

Creative Team:

Choreographer – Newton Moraes
Dancer – Kathleen Rea
Lighting Design – Sharon DiGenova
Publicity Photos – Photos – David Hou

Ticket and Location Details


Friday, November 19 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 20 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 pm

COVID Protocol:

There will HEPA filters running during the performance and only people with up-to-date vaccination status may attend. Masking is also required in the theatre.

Ticket Prices:

$50 – I feel I can give REAson d’etre dance extra support
$40 – I feel I can give REAson d’etre dance some extra support
$30 – Regular price
$20 – Student, Artist, Senior and financially in need


T.Y.T Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie St #176, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7
Wheelchair Accessible

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REAson d’etre dance productions

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About Kathleen Rea

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.

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Nov 19, 2021
8:00 pm

T.Y.T Wychwood Theatre
601 Christie St, Toronto, ON, M6G 4C7