randy reyes (they/them) is a queer, AfroGuatemalan (with interrupted Mayan ancestry) creative director, curator, choreographer, performance artist, and healer born in New Jersey (Lenape territory) and based between there and San Francisco (Ramaytush Ohlone, Yelamu territory).
reyes frames choreography as a process of excavation, as edging and incremental gesture, task as meditation; they activate their work using psychosomatic state werq, Qi energetics, contemporary dance, club dancing, and structures of improvisation. They love getting messy by conjuring choreographic rituals and casting spells within quotidian, natural, subliminal, and imaginary landscapes. Their performances open portals for reclaiming, re-membering, and communing with their ancestral lineage whilst interrogating and shifting patterns of intergenerational trauma.
As a survivor, reyes deepens their relationship to their body through somatics, prayer, divination, meditation, writing, and resting. Their choreographic praxis is inseparable from their healing werq and is grounded through these aforementioned practices, through identifying paths of least resistance, and physical patterns of migration [alone, and together]; through persisting on pleasure, surrender, intuition, accountability, generosity, vulnerability, and joy. Their work engenders various temporalities and subjectivities of the erotic, reframing what may be possible when it comes to relearning what it means to be in relation to one another, again and again.
reyes also explores club spaces as sites of generative dissonance and asks:
“Are we celebrating or mourning or both?
How do we prepare for that which has not yet arrived?”