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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?

by Anonymousreply 5707/25/2013

It pretty firmly falls into the community of obscenity.

by Anonymousreply 107/22/2013

Fleet Enema!

by Anonymousreply 207/22/2013

Bogus poll without full context.

by Anonymousreply 307/22/2013

R3 the OP makes it very clear.

by Anonymousreply 407/22/2013

Performance art? No. Idiots, performing as idiots.

by Anonymousreply 507/22/2013

A mayonnaise enema?

It sounds terrible but have I been missing out on something?

by Anonymousreply 607/22/2013

Which brand?

by Anonymousreply 707/22/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 807/22/2013

I knew ticket sales were falling off for the "Annie" revival, but ...

by Anonymousreply 907/22/2013


by Anonymousreply 1007/22/2013

"Miracle Whip on 34th Street."

by Anonymousreply 1107/22/2013

R9, was that the Little Annie Sprinkle female ejaculation and cervical periscope revival?

Of course it's art. Not good art but art.

by Anonymousreply 1207/22/2013


by Anonymousreply 1307/22/2013

r7 and r11: Not Hellman's, it's a GMO.

by Anonymousreply 1407/23/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 1507/23/2013

Can you dip steamed artichoke leaves in the afterbirth?

by Anonymousreply 1607/23/2013

Link please?

If they are hot it is art, if they are ugly it is beyond porn.

by Anonymousreply 1707/23/2013

R17 they are ugly

by Anonymousreply 1807/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1907/23/2013

It`s art.

by Anonymousreply 2007/23/2013

No, but it's still more entertaining than a Jennifer Aniston movie.

by Anonymousreply 2107/23/2013

Ugh..."Winnipeg Fringe festival."


by Anonymousreply 2207/23/2013

Duke's and dookie! What a combo!

by Anonymousreply 2307/23/2013

[quote] Performing Enemas Onstage - Is It Performance Art?

Depends. Is the actor a douchebag? Or merely a human with anal "issues?"

by Anonymousreply 2407/23/2013

It's not to be sniffed at, sweetie.

by Anonymousreply 2507/23/2013

An enema is not a sex act. It's an act of violence.

by Anonymousreply 2607/23/2013

Is anyone actually claiming an enema is a sex act. They are an uncomfortable, distasteful medical procedure. Nothing remotely sexy or sexual about them.

by Anonymousreply 2707/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2807/23/2013

LOL, R11!

by Anonymousreply 2907/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3007/23/2013

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:

by Anonymousreply 3107/23/2013

I meant it was "SUPPOSEDLY of Cowell." Turns out, it wasn't, but I'd still love to see the video clip.

by Anonymousreply 3207/23/2013

Proof that the Canadians will subsidize ANYTHING as long as it's "Canadian content"!

by Anonymousreply 3307/23/2013

disgusting - just because you can do something doesn't mean you should

by Anonymousreply 3407/23/2013

Are the front-row audience tarped to guard against anal spray, like at a Gallagher show?

by Anonymousreply 3507/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3607/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3707/24/2013

R36 is a poster from Winnipeg!

by Anonymousreply 3807/24/2013

was there a big crowd, R36?

by Anonymousreply 3907/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4007/24/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4107/24/2013

NUDE Photo of the star of the show


by Anonymousreply 4207/24/2013


by Anonymousreply 4307/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4407/24/2013

and no one has lodged a complaint about the show yet!

by Anonymousreply 4507/25/2013

Mayonnaise? So fattening!

by Anonymousreply 4607/25/2013

He's cute...I would go.

by Anonymousreply 4707/25/2013

r42, that is not a huge cock, it is a huge third leg.

by Anonymousreply 4807/25/2013

R48 he has three legs!

by Anonymousreply 4907/25/2013

[quote]A mayonnaise enema?

Well someone finally foun.d a use for Dukes.

by Anonymousreply 5007/25/2013

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.


by Anonymousreply 5107/25/2013

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"?

by Anonymousreply 5207/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5307/25/2013

The Act 1 closing musical number "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Ass" was delightful

by Anonymousreply 5407/25/2013

Is is based on a play by Lillian Hellman afterall, what do you expect them use , ketch-up?

by Anonymousreply 5507/25/2013

Fame can be Fleeting.

by Anonymousreply 5607/25/2013

I'm surprised James Franco hasn't tried this yet.

by Anonymousreply 5707/25/2013
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