Uferstudios 14
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Photo: David J. Romero

The Principle of Pleasure

Performance by 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".

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).

Premiere in Germany