About Gerard X Reyes

Gerard X Reyes
For the past twenty years, Reyes’s artistic practice has addressed the sensual and sexual body. They are a bisexual, non-binary, Uruguayan-Canadian dancer, choreographer, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Intimacy Coordinator and Pioneer of the Montreal Ballroom community.
As a dancer, Reyes spent seven years as a member of the Compagnie Marie Chouinard (2006-07; 2009-13), for which they performed eight works of the repertory, have performed on international tours, and received a Gemini Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for Best Performance in Chouinard’s film, “bODY_rEMIX”. Reyes has performed extensively for many other choreographers including Jérôme Bel, Benoît Lachambre, Bill T. Jones, Luther Brown and Amazon Leiomy Maldonado.
Their first solo work, “The Principle of Pleasure”, explores the themes of desire, seduction and control by melding together voguing, stripping, eccentricity and glamour. Set to original remixes of songs by pop icon Janet Jackson, the solo premiered in 2015 at La Chapelle (Montreal) and has since toured across Canada and Europe including Festival TransAmériques (Montréal), SummerWorks (Toronto), P*rny Days (Zurich) and Tanzfabrik (Berlin).
In 2017 Reyes pioneered Montreal's Kiki Ballroom Scene by leading weekly practices for local LGBTQ+ youth as well as producing and hosting regular Kiki Balls including balls for Canada Pride (2017) and Fierté Montréal (2018).

Recently, Reyes completed a certification in Sexological Bodywork via the Institute of Somatic Sexology (Australia). This certificate allows them to teach somatic sex education privately, and assist in projects as an Intimacy Coordinator for stage and film. Through this practice, Reyes guides people towards deeper embodiment and connection with their sensual self.
MORE ON THE PRINCIPLE OF PLEASURE
An immersive dance solo

Reyes found pleasure in many places: Manhattan vogue balls, Portland strip clubs, a Montreal trans bar and Berlin play 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”, Reyes 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. Together performer and audience erase the borders that divide them to find ecstasy within and between their bodies.
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