Uferstudios 13
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Photo: Alejandro Santiago

S08 / Voguing – No Guilt in Pleasure

Workshop with Gerard Reyes
In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2016

Life is the opportunity for pleasure, but shame and guilt close us down. Voguing and stripping* can re-open us up. These two gendered dance techniques form the core of my solo "The Principle of Pleasure". Through studying these dances I discovered non-normative ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, pleasure and intimacy. In this 3-day workshop I will guide you technically, imaginatively and somatically through both dance styles. We will take on and discard various gendered behaviour in order to find and express untapped areas of our personalities. You will be encouraged to reach beyond your perceived physical and mental limits. Come with an open mind and leave with a freer body!

*here 'stripping' is intended to mean the dance form, rather than the act of getting naked

In the frame of Open Spaces#2-2016 Gerard Reyes presents the performance and premiere "The Principle of Pleasure".


Gerard Reyes

Gerard X Reyes is a choreographer, dancer, video artist, teacher, certified somatic sex educator, intimacy coordinator and Montreal’s Kiki Ballroom Scene pioneer. Gerard has lived in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin where he collaborated with contemporary, vogue and hip hop choreographers including Jérôme Bel, Benoît Lachambre, Bill T. Jones, Luther Brown and Leiomy Maldonado. From 2006-2013 he was a dancer with the Compagnie Marie Chouinard.
His first solo work, The Principle of Pleasure, explores the themes of control and seduction. Set to original remixes of songs by pop icon Janet Jackson, it had its German premiere at Tanzfabrik Berlin in 2016 and continues to tour internationally.
Gerard is currently developing a video-installation-performance, Public Private Parts, which is scheduled to premiere in June 2021 (co-produced by the Festival TransAmériques, with support from Tanzfabrik Berlin).

Level: Movement experience
in English
Please note: Sa 13:30-15:30
Wheelchair accessible studio