Jason Reilly was born in Toronto, Canada, where he was trained at the National Ballet School Toronto. After his graduation in 1997 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet. In 2000/2001 he was promoted to Demi-Soloist, one season later to Soloist. Since the beginning of the season 2003/04 he has been dancing as Principal Dancer.
With the Stuttgart Ballet Jason Reilly has danced numerous major roles in full-length ballets of significant choreographers such as the title roles in Onegin, Romeo and Juliet (both: John Cranko) and Othello (John Neumeier). Furthermore he has danced Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew (both: John Cranko), Don José in Carmen (John Cranko, new production: Reid Anderson and Georgette Tsinguirides), Albrecht in Giselle(Production: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina), Colas in La Fille mal gardée (Sir Frederick Ashton), Prinz Desiré, Carabosse and the Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty (Márcia Haydée nach Marius Petipa), Gaston Rieux and des Grieux in The Lady of the Camellias as well as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (both: John Neumeier). Moreover he performed the Hussar in The Lady and the Fool, Gremin in Onegin and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (all: John Cranko), he danced the Peasant-Pas de deux in Giselle (Production: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina), Gaveston in Edward II (David Bintley), Basilio and the Prince of the Gipsies in Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra), Ali Baba and the 4 Princes in The Sleeping Beauty (Márcia Haydée after Marius Petipa), Dr. Franz Schöning and Jack the Ripper in Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy (Christian Spuck) a well as the black clown Brighella inPierrot lunaire (Glen Tetley).
Further leading roles Jason Reilly has danced so far are the Third Movement in Symphony in C and Phlegmatic in The four Temperaments (both: George Balanchine), the Pas de deux “The Lovers” in Gaîté parisienne (Maurice Béjart), the Second Intruder in The Cage, the Role in Purple and the Role in Brown in Dances at a Gathering (both: Jerome Robbins), the Friend and the Pas de quatre in La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss), a solo in Seventh Symphony(Uwe Scholz), Roy in Présence (John Cranko) and the Sacrifice in Le sacre du printemps(Glen Tetley). He has also danced the Pas de deux Legende as well as solo parts in Initials R.B.M.E, Brouillards, Poème de l’extase (all: John Cranko), Serenade and Stravinsky Violin Concerto (both: George Balanchine), Kazimir’s Colours and Orma (both: Mauro Bigonzetti),A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jean Christophe Blavier), Hikarizatto and the Pas de deuxMono Lisa (both: Itzik Galili), No More Play (Jiří Kylián), Urlicht (William Forsythe), One to another (Douglas Lee), Troy Game (Robert North), dreamdeepdown (Kevin O’Day), Grosse Fuge and Kleines Requiem (both: Hans van Manen), Afternoon of a Faun (Jerome Robbins) and das siebte blau (Christian Spuck). He also performed in Ashes (Daniela Kurz), in Vers un Pays Sage (Jean Christophe Maillot) and in Slice to Sharp (Jorma Elo).
Roles were created especially for Jason Reilly by Mauro Bigonzetti in I fratelli – The Brothers, Quattro Danze per Nino and Orma, Jean Christophe Blavier in E=mc², Dominique Dumais in still.nest, Nicolo Fonte in Gambling, x 5, Marco Goecke in Sweet Sweet Sweet, Daniela Kurz in Paper Scissors Stone, Douglas Lee in Curtain of Hands, Siren Soundingand Fanfare LX, Wayne McGregor in Nautilus, Marc Spradling in melodious gimmick to keep the boys in line and The Shaking Tent. For the “Young Choreographers” evening of the Stuttgart-based Noverre Society, Marco Goecke created a role especially on him in Demi Gods, as well as Eric Gauthier in Ballet 101 and Air Guitar, Paul Julius in After Rain and Dreams, Alejandro Cerrudo Martinez in David’s Law, and Yoko Tani in Slipped Boy. Christian Spuck created roles on Jason Reilly in Passacaglia, Amores I, dos amores, the seventh blue, Carlottás Portrait, Songs, nocturne and Sleepers Chamber. In his first full-length ballet Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy Christian Spuck created the role of Rodrigo for Jason Reilly. In The Sandman, his second full-length ballet for the company in Stuttgart, he created the role of Coppola for him as well as in …, la peau blanche… the role of Henry IV. Kevin O’Day created the role of Hamlet in his first full-length ballet of the same name.
Jason Reilly has joined the Stuttgart Ballet on tours and guest performances all around the world. He has danced with internationally renowned female dancers like Alessandra Ferri, Evelyn Hart and Greta Hodgkinson. In the new production of A Streetcar named Desire(John Neumeier) in 2004 he danced the role of Stanley Kowalsky together with Alessandra Ferri. When Canadian star ballerina Evelyn Hart retired from her 30-year-long career and wished to dance the part of Juliet for one last time in April 2004, she asked Jason Reilly to be her Romeo. She also chose him as her dancing partner when she bid farewell to the stage in 2006. In October of the same year, Jason Reilly gave several guest performances of Glen Tetleys Voluntaries with the Royal Ballet in London. In 2007, he danced the role of Petrucchio in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew with the National Ballet of Canada starring Greta Hodgkinson as Kate.
Due to his outstanding interpretation of classical roles in combination with his expression and technical brilliance in modern ballets Jason Reilly was named in the category “Outstanding Dancer” in the annual critics’ choice of the magazine ballettanz several times.
In February 2006 Jason Reilly received the German Dance Award “Future”, which is awarded each year by the German Association for Dance Education and the German Association for the Promotion of the Art of Dance.