The Principle of Pleasure


Gerard Reyes

In the frame of Open Spaces#2-2016

I found pleasure in many places. A Montreal trans bar. Manhattan vogue balls. Portland strip clubs. Berlin fetish parties. Each place offered me an escape from social norms, but each one also came with its own restrictive house rules. I use the theatre as a place capable of transcending limits to share my first true pleasure - dancing to the seductive songs of Janet Jackson. Voguing, stripping, glorifying eccentricity and embodying glamour open up the floor to exploring the controversial power of pleasure. Together we will erase the boundaries that divide audience and performer so that we can find ecstasy within and between our bodies.


Concept, choreography, performance, prelude remix: Gerard Reyes | Original composition, remixe: Devon Bate | “Control” Remix: Ty Harper | Light design: Karine Gauthier | Light design Berlin: Andreas Harder | Costume: Vincent Tiley, Leigh Gallim | Make-up: Jasmin Goldstein | Helmet design: Persona non grata | Artistic advisors: Archie Burnett, Jose Xtravaganza, Steven Serels, Leiomy Maldonado Prodigy, Matjash Mrozewski, Benoît Lachambre, Ami Shulman, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, George Stamos, Edwin Luciano Revlon | In coproduction with Canada Council for the Arts, Partner: Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Representation of the Government of Québec | Partners: Mai Montreal, Théatre La Capelle, uddies in Bad Times Theatre, The Door NYC, The Spectrum, Dancemakers, Studio Mange Mes Pieds.

In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2016 Gerard Reyes will teach the workshop "Voguing – No Guilt in Pleasure".

  • Wedding 14
  • Wedding 14
Uferstr. 23, 13357 Berlin

Premiere in Germany

Tickets 14 / 9 € Photo: David J. Romero