Performing Enemas Onstage - Is It Performance Art?
'Hollywood Hen Pit,' a Winnipeg Fringe play that features mayonnaise enemas, nudity and sex acts performed by two male actors is, not surprisingly, drawing a lot of controversy.
Police in Winnipeg criticized the performers and pointed out that performing live sex acts on stage is illegal. But festival organizers have said that the show will go on and that 'Hen Pit' will be finishing up its six-performance run. Fringe executive producer Chuck McEwen also defended the performers' right to free speech.
So do you consider enemas onstage performance art? Or is it a sex act?
It pretty firmly falls into the community of obscenity.
Bogus poll without full context.
R3 the OP makes it very clear.
Performance art? No. Idiots, performing as idiots.
A mayonnaise enema?
It sounds terrible but have I been missing out on something?
No he doesn't, R4. He says the play "features" these acts. We know nothing about the play. Are these scenes taking place in a larger work of genuine artistic merit? Or do they stand alone? What are the play's writer, producer, director and actors seeking to communicate?
I knew ticket sales were falling off for the "Annie" revival, but ...
"Miracle Whip on 34th Street."
R9, was that the Little Annie Sprinkle female ejaculation and cervical periscope revival?
Of course it's art. Not good art but art.
r7 and r11: Not Hellman's, it's a GMO.
A mayonnaise enema is really effective, y'all. It cleans you out good, and it leaves the restroom smellin' like egg salad! Ah-HEH-HEH!
Can you dip steamed artichoke leaves in the afterbirth?
If they are hot it is art, if they are ugly it is beyond porn.
R17 they are ugly
Depends on the ass the enema is being performed on. And the brand of the mayo if you want to get nit-picky about it.
No, but it's still more entertaining than a Jennifer Aniston movie.
Ugh..."Winnipeg Fringe festival."
Duke's and dookie! What a combo!
Performing Enemas Onstage - Is It Performance Art?
Depends. Is the actor a douchebag? Or merely a human with anal "issues?"
It's not to be sniffed at, sweetie.
An enema is not a sex act. It's an act of violence.
Is anyone actually claiming an enema is a sex act. They are an uncomfortable, distasteful medical procedure. Nothing remotely sexy or sexual about them.
I willing to bet the real obscenity isn't what is happening on stage but having to endure any post-performance discussions by the artists.
I saw a video where a guy got a piss enema and then expelled the piss from his ass into another guy's mouth. I thought I'd seen almost everything.
Someone on another site posted this pic of Simon Cowell (and pal) getting regular colonic irrigation. Turns out it was from a UK TV sketch comedy series, "Very Important People." Still hot, though Would love to see the actual footage. But here's a still:
I meant it was "SUPPOSEDLY of Cowell." Turns out, it wasn't, but I'd still love to see the video clip.
Proof that the Canadians will subsidize ANYTHING as long as it's "Canadian content"!
disgusting - just because you can do something doesn't mean you should
Are the front-row audience tarped to guard against anal spray, like at a Gallagher show?
I saw the play last night. It was actually a very thought provoking piece about, IMO, media exploitation and mainstream perceptions of "art".
There was a lot of dark humour, interesting imagery, and some great movement sequences by the principal actor (who's also a trained dancer). The audience was engaged for the full 70 minutes which is admirable for such a minimalist production. The play used some interesting themes that were reminiscent of "Day of the Locust" and "Network".
Of course, the "family" festival goers are more interested in beign "aghast" and "shocked" at the transgressive use of enemas, defecation, etc. on stage. They don't care to understand why those acts are included in the piece; they just want another opportunity to be morally outraged. I doubt many have even seen the play.
I also applaud the actors for bringing an avant-garde piece to the festival and standing by it. 90% of the plays are middle-of-the-road, family-friendly fare. In fact, there isn't a lot of "fringe" left to the festival, so it was refreshing to see a provacative performance.
In terms of subsidy, I believe that the only thing the play company received for free was the performance space (which was allocated in a random draw - and very sparse). Again, the cries against federal arts grants were totally overblown and reactionary.
I should also add that there was nothing remotely sexual or "lewd" about the enemas. If anything, they were violent and grotesque. I think that the actors were making a point about the sexualization of violence in the media, and how mass culture fetishes some very dark things (though we're loathe, as "decent" citizens, to admit it). The festival mommies proved their point by salivating over the "obscenity" of the play without actually looking at the content or context.
R36 is a poster from Winnipeg!
was there a big crowd, R36?
Isn't everyone completely bored with this kind of gross "shock" stuff?
I'd be shocked if anyone ever wrote and performed an intelligent, quality play at a fringe fest.
[quote]a Winnipeg Fringe play that features mayonnaise enemas
I hope they're using Duke's. If you're not using Duke's for your mayonnaise enema, it's an insult to your ass.
NUDE Photo of the star of the show
With ONE HUGE COCK!
The crowd was decent sized - about 50 or so people. I was surprised how mixed it was, too. There were of course many twenty-somethings but also several middle aged couples.
The show is still up and running, so the Mrs. Lovejoys of this town haven't been able to shut it down just yet.
and no one has lodged a complaint about the show yet!
Mayonnaise? So fattening!
He's cute...I would go.
r42, that is not a huge cock, it is a huge third leg.
R48 he has three legs!
[quote]A mayonnaise enema?
Well someone finally foun.d a use for Dukes.
WOW! That truly is very sick and it isn't remotely sex nor art. If you consider this sick shit and these extremely sick people artists or just having normal sex, then there are a lot of people in the Mental Asylums who are artists and who are the real sane people in society.
NO! I'M NOT A FRAU!!!
Actually, R51, there is an entire school of art based on your premise called "outsider art".
"The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut, a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by those on the outsides of the established art scene such as insane-asylum inmates and children."
One of the most famous outsider artists, William Kurelek, has many of his works prominently displayed at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He painted his masterpieces while living in an insane asylum.
I don't know - is a piece of art (performance or otherwise) any less valid because it doesn't resemble what we have come to recognize as "art"?
Just as there is a lot of garbage that calls itself "conceptual art," and "installation art," there is also a lot of garbage called "outsider art."
You can't fool all of the people all of the time.
The Act 1 closing musical number "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Ass" was delightful
Is is based on a play by Lillian Hellman afterall, what do you expect them use , ketch-up?