Gerard Reyes – choreographer and dancer – found pleasure in many places: Montreal trans bars, Manhattan vogue balls, Portland strip clubs, Berlin fetish parties. Each place offered him an escape from social norms, but each one also came with its own restrictive house rules. In The Principle of Pleasure, Gerard uses the theatre as a place capable of transcending limits to share his 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. Gerard and spectators join together to erase the boundaries that divide audience and performer to find ecstasy within and between their bodies.
Duration: 60 min.
A Gerard X Reyes production. With support from Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, New York State Council on the Arts and Office of the Government of Québec (Berlin). Residencies: The Door (New York), The Spectrum (Brooklyn), MAI (Montreal), Studio Mange Mes Pieds (Montreal) and Dancemakers (Toronto).