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Public/Private Parts ou L’Origine du monde

Gerard X Reyes

Gerard X Reyes surrounds himself with artists, sex workers and educators who, like him, question the body and its representations. In a work midway between performance and video installation, the senses are aroused and tongues loosened.


What do a contemporary dancer, a sex worker, and a sex therapist have in common? How can we transcend the boundaries between art and pornography, between public and private spaces? Choreographer and dancer Gerard X Reyes, who unsettled us in 2018 with The Principle of Pleasure, is back, this time surrounded by like-minded individuals investigating the body and its practices. Without a doubt, another indelible experience awaits us. 

The sounds of breathing can be heard, nude figures emerge before us. The bodies rejoice, explore each other, dance… The audience is urged to open up their imagination to a highly sensory journey. Artists, sex workers, and educators come together in the space and on screen, discussing intimacy and consent: key issues in this critical moment of reckoning with notions of gender and freedom. In a kind and caring atmosphere, the audience is faced with its limits, its prudishness. The body without borders.

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Produced by Gerard X Reyes
Choreographed and performed by Gerard X Reyes
Performed by Justin Gionet + Emmanuel Proulx
Research Assistant Andréane Leclerc
Dramaturgical Advisor Guy Cools
Music Bendik Giske + Devon Bate
Sound Design Devon Bate
Sound spatialization Dominic Jasmin
Props Design Jasmine Reimer
Technical Director and Lighting Design Karine Gauthier
Voice Coach Ann Dyer
Production Directors Elisa Hengen + Lucie Juneau + Alice Renucci

Video Installation
Produced, directed, performed, editing and interviews by Gerard X Reyes
Codirected by Poppy Sanchez
Performed by Bishop Black + Jasko Fide + JorgeTheObscene (aka Jorge Benavides) + Rebecca Jackson + Mara Morgen
Director of Photography and Lighting Kevin Klein
Camera Jara Lopez Ballonga
Sound RecordingAntonio Vilchez Monge
Set Design Jasmine Reimer
Set Design Assistant Kaitlyn Smeeth
Editing Julie Favreau
Sound Design Devon Bate
Color Correction Max Hilsamer
Transcription and translation Ingrid Vallus
Video installation, projection and programming Stéphane Gladyszewski
Lighting and Sound Operator for interviews David J. Romero

Company Team
Branding and Design Vina Goh
Website Developer Valentin Tsatskin
Communication Director Thomas Giboudeaux
Community Manager Tiah Coxon
Video, photos, editing and Spanish translator Juan David Padilla

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
With the support of Goethe-Institut Montréal + Diffusion Hector-Charland + Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques

Creative residencies Fabrik Potsdam + Tanzfabrik Berlin + Tanzhaus Zürich + Grand Studio (Brussells) + Espace Marie Chouinard + Par B.L.eux + José Navas/Compagnie Flak + MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) + Département de danse de l’UQAM + Musée d’art de Joliette

Presented by Fugues in association with Agora de la danse + Tangente

Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Luba Markovskaia

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on June 10, 2021 


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Gerard X Reyes (Montreal)

Choreographer and dancer Gérard X Reyes is a pillar of Montreal’s kiki ballroom scene. As a dancer, he has worked with some of the greats: Benoît Lachambre, Bill T. Jones, Luther Brown, Noémie Lafrance.

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