Kayla Jeanson is a Montréal-based artist from Winnipeg who creates interdisciplinary work rooted in a desire to navigate the line between artist and audience, seer and seen. In her emerging practice as a dance soloist, she finds inspiration in movement challenges and found apparatuses. She is now pursuing new ways to incorporate the camera into live performance works, compelled to explore contemporary dance and circus approaches.
Kayla’s independently produced films defy genre boundaries, traversing the fine line between documentary and fiction and incorporating dance choreography in unexpected ways. Her short films have been screened internationally, including her award-winning 2015 dance/poetry film Descrambled Eggs.
Kayla studied modern dance at the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg and holds a B.A. (Adv.) in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba. She is currently participating in the 2022 Laboratoires de Cirque (TOHU, Montreal) and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab through École Nationale de Cirque (CRITAC) and La Piscine. She is vice-chair of the board of Young Lungs Dance Exchange and co-founder of a new circus collective (more info to come).