The Principle of Pleasure
A ferociously sexy creature wearing a transparent black bodysuit and 6-inch heels swivels his hips to the pop music of Janet Jackson. Stripping, bondage, voguing. All together.
A ferociously sexy creature wearing a transparent black bodysuit and 6-inch high heels. He swivels his hips to the pop music of Janet Jackson, a clear invitation to leave your seat and come closer. In this place where anything is possible, only the law of desire applies. With no shame and no taboos, Gerard Reyes offers himself to the audience. Stripping, bondage, voguing.
He learned voguing from the masters Javier Ninja and Amazon Leiomy, hung out in transgender bars in Montreal and savoured wild, nights in the Berlin underground. For his first show this splendid performer, long associated with Marie Chouinard, breaks the rules of contemporary dance. Reyes plunges the spectator-voyeur into a sexually charged, glamorous atmosphere where the dancer’s body is on display for an adult audience, the spectator becoming an accomplice in a liberating eroticism. Conventions are erased and hierarchies collapse, giving way to a joyous, intoxicating — and oh so human — experience.
Produced by Gerard Reyes
Concept, choreography, performance and prelude remix Gerard Reyes
Music composed and remixed by Devon Bate Control Remix Ty Harper featuring the music of Janet Jackson
Lighting design Karine Gauthier
Costume design and tailoring Vincent Tiley in association Leigh Gallim
Make up design Jasmin Goldstein
Helmet design Persona non Grata
Artistic advisors Archie Burnett + Jordan Hall + Benoît Lachambre + Amazon Leiomy + Kristina Marlen + Matjash Mrozewski + Javier Ninja + Steven Serels + Ami Shulman + Jose Xtravaganza
With the support of New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA) + Hollins University Summer Program (Frankfurt) + Antenne du Québec à Berlin + Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles + Délégation générale du Québec à Paris+ Hollins University M.F.A. Dance Program (Virginia)
Artistic residences MAI – Montréal arts interculturels + The Door (New York) + The Spectrum (New York) + Tanzfabrik (Berlin) + Studio Mange mes pieds + Dancemakers (Toronto) + Danse à la carte
Presented by Fugues in association with Monument-National
Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Promotional video Philip Fortin + Pier-Louis Dagenais Savard
Premiered at Théâtre La Chapelle, Montreal, on September 15, 2015
Gerard Reyes (Montreal)
An exceptional choreographer, a rigorous dancer and an incandescent stage presence born in Toronto to Uruguayan parents, Gerard Reyes has worked for major dance artists such as Benoit Lachambre, Bill T. Jones, Luther Brown and Noemie Lafrance.
From 2006 to 2013 he was a member of the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, performing in works such as Orphée et Euridyce (FTA 2008), Le sacre du printemps and bODY_rEMIX: les_vARIATIONS_gOLDBERG. For his dancing in the film version of the latter, he received a best performance Gemini Award.
He likes to push boundaries between and within disciplines, to explore new approaches to dance, to question the relationship not only between contemporary dance and other forms of dance but between performer and audience, seeking a more direct, genuine rapport with the public. In 2013 he moved to New York to study voguing with renowned masters of the form like Javier Ninja, Amazon Leiomy, Archie Burnett and Danielle Polanco. He began work on a solo inspired both by voguing and by the clientele at Citibar in Montreal, a dance bar that caters to transexuals. The result was The Principle of Pleasure, first presented in a short version at the Rhubarb Festival in Toronto in 2014 (and also later than year in New York and in Porto), before the full-length version premièred at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in 2015. He conducts many voguing workshops in North America and in Europe and also works regularly in Berlin. In 2016 he performed in Jérôme Bel’s Gala, which was presented in Montreal (FTA 2016) and in Berlin.