Born in Toronto, Canada, Jason Reilly trained at the National Ballet School, Toronto. During his time as a student, he already danced in ballets such as The Nutcracker and Pastorale (both: James Kudelka). Choreographers such as Glen Gilmour (in Boys Dance), John Neumeier (in Yondering) and David Nixon (in Sudden Impulse) created roles on him.
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 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 by renowned choreographers.
Jason Reilly has joined the Stuttgart Ballet on tours and guest performances all around the world. When the Stuttgart Ballet went on its tour to the USA in 2003 he gained international acknowledgement for the male title role in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet. Furthermore 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.
Leading Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jean Christophe Blavier); A Streetcar named Desire (John Neumeier): Stanley Kowalski; After Rain and Dreams (Paul Julius); Afternoon of a Faun (Jerome Robbins); Air Guitar (Eric Gauthier); Ballet 101 (Eric Gauthier); Bolero (Maurice Béjart): The Melody; Carmen (John Cranko, new production: Reid Anderson and Georgette Tsinguirides): Torero; Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins): Role in Crimson, Role in Brown; das siebte blau (Christian Spuck); Don Quijote (Maximiliano Guerra): Basilio, Prince of the Gipsies; Don Quijote-Pas de deux (Maximiliano Guerra); dreamdeepdown (Kevin O'Day); Edward II (David Bintley): Gaveston; Fanfare LX (Douglas Lee); Forgotten Land (Jirí Kylián): Couple in Black; Frank Bridge Variations (Hans van Manen); Fratres (John Neumeier); Gaîté parisienne (Maurice Béjart): The Lovers; Giselle (Production: Reid Anderson, Valentina Savina): Albrecht, Peasant-Pas de deux; Grosse Fuge (Hans van Manen); Hikarizatto (Itzik Galili); Hommage á Bolshoi (John Cranko); Initials R.M.B.E. (John Cranko): R, M; Kazimir's Colours (Mauro Bigonzetti); Kleines Requiem (Hans van Manen); La fille mal gardée (Sir Frederick Ashton): Colas; La Sylphide (Peter Schaufuss): Friend, Pas de quatre; Las Hermanas (Sir Kenneth MacMillan): Pepe; Le sacre du printemps (Glen Tetley): Sacrifice; Legende (John Cranko); Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy (Christian Spuck): Dr. Franz Schöning, Jack the Ripper; Mono Lisa (Itzik Galili); No more play (Jirí Kylián); One to another (Douglas Lee); Onegin (John Cranko): Onegin, Gremin; Opus 1 (John Cranko): male leading role; Orma (Mauro Bigonzetti); Othello (John Neumeier): Othello; Pierrot lunaire (Glen Tetley): Brighella; Poème de l'Extase (John Cranko); Présence (John Cranko): Roy; RED in 3. (Jorma Elo); Requiem (Kenneth MacMillan): solo role in "Offertorium"; Romeo and Juliet (John Cranko): Romeo, Benvolio; Serenade (George Balanchine); Seventh Symphony (Uwe Scholz): Solo; Slice to Sharp (Jorma Elo); Stravinsky Violin Conerto (George Balanchine); Swan Lake (John Cranko): Prince Siegfried; Symphony in C (George Balanchine): Third Movement; The Cage (Jerome Robbins): Second Intruder; The four Temperaments (George Balanchine): Phlegmatic; The Lady and the Fool (John Cranko): Hussar; The Lady of the Camellias (John Neumeier): Arman Duval, Gaston Rieux, Des Grieux; The Sleeping Beauty (Márcia Haydée after Marius Petipa): Prince Desiré, Carabosse, The Blue Bird, Ali Baba, 4 Princes ; The Song of the Earth (Kenneth MacMillan): the male leading role; The Taming of the Shrew (John Cranko): Petrucchio; The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (William Forsythe); Troy Game (Robert North); Urlicht (William Forsythe); Voluntaries (Glen Tetley): Pas de deux
Specially created roles: ..., la peau blanche... (Christian Spuck): Henri IV; Boys Dance (Glen Gilmour); Carlotta's Portrait (Christian Spuck); Curtain of Hands (Douglas Lee); Das Fräulein von S. (Christian Spuck): La Regnie, president of the Chambre ardente; das siebte blau (Christian Spuck); Deux (Katarzyna Kozielska); dos amores (Christian Spuck); E=mc2 (Jean Christophe Blavier); Gambling, x 5 (Nicolo Fonte); Hamlet (Kevin O'Day): Hamlet; I fratelli, The Brothers (Mauro Bigonzetti): Simone; Letters of Others (Bridget Breiner); Lulu. A Monstre Tragedy (Christian Spuck): Rodrigo; melodious gimmick to keep the boys in line (Marc Spradling); Nautilus (Wayne McGregor); nocturne (Christian Spuck); Orma (Mauro Bigonzetti); Paper Scissors Stone (Daniela Kurz); Passacaglia (Christian Spuck); Quattro Danze per Nino (Mauro Bigonzetti); RED in 3. (Jorma Elo); Siren Sounding (Douglas Lee); Sleepers Chamber (Christian Spuck); Songs (Christian Spuck); still.nest (Dominique Dumais); Sudden Impulse (David Nixon); Sweet Sweet Sweet (Marco Goecke); The Sandman (Christian Spuck): Coppola; The Shaking Tent (Marc Spradling); Yantra (Wayne McGregor); Yondering (John Neumeier)
Specially created roles at Noverre-Society: Young Choreographers: After Rains and Dreams (Paul Julius); Air Guitar (Eric Gauthier); amores 1 (Christian Spuck); Ballet 101 (Eric Gauthier); Blankets of clouds (Rolando D'Alesio); David's Law (Alejandro Cerrudo Martinez); Demigods (Marco Goecke); Ein Licht in der Dunkelheit (Yoko Tani); Fortuna (Selatin Kara); Lebenszeit (Eric Gauthier); Slipped by (Kinsun Chan); Step Addition (Sébastien Galtier); Vapour Plains (Evan McKie)
Further Roles with the Stuttgart Ballet: Ashes (Daniela Kurz); Vers un Pays Sage (Jean Christophe Maillot)