The Principle of pleasure

The Principle of Pleasure is an immersive solo dance performance inspired by a Montreal trans bar, Berlin fetish parties, Portland strip clubs and Manhattan vogue balls. Set to a soundtrack of original Janet Jackson remixes, this solo uses desire to erase the boundaries that divide audience and performer.

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PERFORMANCES

SUMMERWORKS (Toronto). August 4 + 5 + 8-12, 2017

FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES (Montreal). June 1-3, 2017

LA FÊTE DU SLIP (Lausanne). March 3 + 4, 2017

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK UND DARSTELLENDE KUNST (Frankfurt). July 28, 2016

TANZFABRIK (Berlin). July 21 and 23, 2016

THÉÂTRE LA CHAPELLE (Montreal). September 15-17, 2015

IN-PROGRESS SHOWINGS

MAI (Montreal). July 9, 2015

LA MARMITA (Porto). September 26, 2014

PISCINE at L’AGORA DE LA DANSE (Montreal). June 7 + 8, 2014

RHUBARB FESTIVAL/BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES (Toronto). February 19, 2014

THE SPECTRUM (Brooklyn, New York). October 25, 2013

RESIDENCIES

THÉÂTRE LA CHAPELLE (Montreal)

MAI (Montreal)

THE DOOR (New York)

DANCEMAKERS (Toronto)

STUDIO MANGE MES PIEDS (Montreal)

WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM

CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

LE CONSEIL DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES DU QUÉBEC

NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

ANTENNE DU QUÉBEC à BERLIN

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REviews

“Reyes turns the ‘shade’ of voguing – its proclivity for battles, downward comparison and witty insult – on its head. He somewhat subverts both stage and ballroom norms by showing us all his skills – presentation being his main strength – and then getting the audience participation started early, beckoning us to move into the stage area with him shortly after showing us his perfected forms in front of two moveable mirrors.”

– The Dance Current

“Pour Gérard Reyes, il s’agissait ultimement de renouveler le plaisir de la performance. Le plaisir d’y prendre part comme interprète, mais également comme spectateur. C’est d’ailleurs ce qu’il façonne si bien autour de cette soixantaine de minutes ; un aller-retour nourri entre public et interprète. J’irais même jusqu’à dire qu’il bâtit, à travers ces choix artistiques, un respect mutuel et réel.”

– Dfdanse

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