Kathleen Rea, former dancer with the National Ballet Company of Canada, Ballet Jorgen Canada and Tirolerlandes Theatre (Austria), founded REAson d'être dance productions in 2000. Directed by Kathleen Rea, its mandate is to create and produce dance events that use dance, vocalization, text and physical theatre to express the human condition. The company highlights the creative work of Kathleen Rea and other artists. REAson d'être dance productions also strives to teach and inspire the public about dance through education projects, and provides experience for young dancers. Another unique feature is that Rea values senior dance artists as much as young dancers. She is inspired by the generational story telling and themes possible with a dance company that spans many ages.
REAson d'être dance productions has produced four main stage works choreographed by Kathleen Rea: Fleeting, Marrow, Ire and Long Live. Another memorable event was the co-production of Lapinthrope, a dance film choreographed by Rea. Lapinthrope was screened at 14 international film festivals and won best long-short film at the Festival Der Nationen (Austrian film festival). REAson d'être dance productions also produced Close Knit for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2007, which was performed outdoors throughout the night and involved a 30 foot long piece of knitting. REAson d'être dance productions has co-production credits with Decadence Films, the Chimera Project, Kaeja d’Dance,the Parkdale BIA and princess productions.
Most recelty REAson d'etre dance productions' Long Live was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore awards, Outstanding Choreography for Kathleen Rea, Outstanding Dance Performance for Karen Kaeja and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition for Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman
REAson d'etre dance values:
- Expression through movement
- Excellence in the field of dance
- Arts Education
- Accessibility of the arts
- Support of other artists in an inclusive approach to creation and business practices
REAson d'etre dance activities:
-Production of dance performances
-Production of affordable dance based workshops and classes
-Mentoring of other artists
- Education outreach
- Programs that ensure that dance is accessible