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The Principle of Pleasure

The Principle of Pleasure

Choreography: Gerard X Reyes

Gerard X Reyes found pleasure in many places. A Montreal trans bar. 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, he uses the theatre as a place capable of transcending limits in order 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. Audience and performer come together to erase the boundaries that divide them; together they find ecstasy within and between their bodies.

Artistic Crew:
CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER Gerard X Reyes | ORIGINAL COMPOSITION AND REMIXES Devon Bate | "CONTROL" REMIX Ty Harper | FEATURING THE MUSIC OF Janet Jackson | COSTUME DESIGN AND TAILORING Vincent Tiley, Leigh Gallim | LIGHTIN DESING Karine Gauthier | MAKE UP DESIGN Christopher Lee | HELMET DESIGN Persona Non Grata | ARTISTIC ADVISOR Archie Burnett, Benoit Lachambre, Amazon Leiomy, Amy Shulman, Steven Serels, Matjash Mrozewski, Jose Xtravaganze, Nagato Ninja, Kristina Marlen, Isabelle Hanikamu, Jordan Hall (Boy Radio)

Funders and Supporters:
Funders:
CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
LE CONSEIL DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES DU QUÉBEC
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
QUEBEC GOVERNMENT OFFICE (BERLIN)
HOLLINS UNIVERSITY MASTERS IN DANCE SUMMER PROGRAM (VIRGINIA, USA)

Partners:
THÉÂTRE LA CHAPELLE (Montreal)
BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE (Toronto)
MAI (Montreal)
THE DOOR (New York)
THE SPECTRUM (Brooklyn, New York)
DANCEMAKERS (Toronto)
STUDIO MANGE MES PIEDS (Montreal)
DÉPARTEMENT DE DANSE DE l'UQAM (Montreal)

The Principle of Pleasure
(c) Damian Siqueiros
The Principle of Pleasure
(c) Damian Siqueiros
The Principle of Pleasure
(c) Damian Siqueiros