Gerard Reyes is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and S∑xological Bodyworker™ in training based in Montreal, Canada. His live dance works have been presented in theatres, galleries, parties and at balls throughout Europe and North America, and as online videos. In 2013, he was awarded a joint grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) to support an artistic residency in New York, during which he studied voguing with legendary voguers: Archie Burnett, Amazon Leiomy and Javier Ninja, amongst others. Since the residency, voguing has become an integral part of Gerard’s artistic practice. In 2017 he pioneered a Kiki Ballroom Scene for LGBTQ+ youth in Montreal through teaching weekly vogue classes, leading open sessions, as well as producing, organizing and hosting balls and master classes with international Ballroom Icons.
For over fifteen years, Gerard has lived and danced in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin. He has worked for many reputable choreographers, including Jérôme Bel, Benoît Lachambre and Luther Brown. Gerard spent seven years as a member of the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, and in 2009, received a Gemini Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for “Outstanding Performance” in the film bODY_rEMIX.
The Principle of Pleasure, Gerard’s first solo work, explores the theme of desire by melding together voguing, stripping, BDSM and drag. Set to original remixes of songs by pop icon Janet Jackson, the solo premiered at Théâtre LaChapelle (Montréal) in 2015 and has since toured across Canada and Europe, including Tanzfabrik (Berlin), Hollins University (Frankfurt), La Fête du Slip (Lausanne), Festival TransAmériques (Montréal) and SummerWorks (Toronto). Gerard is currently working on his second creation – a hybrid video/live performance piece – that will premiere in Montreal in May 2020.
As a teacher, Gerard offers group workshops and private classes in vogue and S∑xological Bodywork™. Find out more about his:
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