Tuesday, October 19

Who is Annie Sprinkle?

     You may have heard me bragging about how Tantra Theater will be performing at the ECO-SEX SYMPOSIUM HONEYMOON after ANNIE SPRINKLE'S PURPLE WEDDING TO THE MOON this weekend.  And if your not a huge sex ed, or performance art or sex geek, you may be wondering...uh, who's Annie M. Sprinkle??
     She's one of my personal artistic inspirations. As a student of feminism and performance art, there were times in college, after one of my experimental plays would get bad reviews and I would suffer the post-play depression and want to drop out of school, out of art, off the planet...but then I'd think about Ms. Sprinkle and the massive affect she's having on mainstream opinion about sex and spirituality. On more than one occasion I felt that if she could go from being a prostitute and porn star into a sex educator and artist, then I could push on because my path as a tantra teacher was already paved.
      Annie Sprinkle describes herself as an artist, sexologist, eco-sexual, author, lecturer, educator and thespian. "I’ve also been a sex worker of all sorts, a pioneering adult film director/performer and a professional photographer. I’m the first porn star to have earned a Ph.D., my work is studied in major universities internationally, I’ve shown at the best museums and galleries-- and I’m still going strong!"
      One of her better known theater and performance art piece is her Public Cervix Announcement, in which she invites the audience to "celebrate the female body" by viewing her cervix with a speculum and flashlight.
She also performed The Legend of the Ancient Sacred Prostitute, in which she did a "sex magic" masturbation ritual on stage.
      She has toured one-woman shows internationally for 17 years, some of which were are titled Post Porn Modernist, Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn, Hardcore from the Heart, and, currently, Exposed; Experiments in Love, Sex, Death and Art.
      Sprinkle, who is bisexual,[1] married her long-time partner, Beth Stephens, in Canada on January 14, 2007. In December 2005, she committed to doing seven years of art projects about love with her wife and art collaborator, Beth Stephens. They call this their Love Art Laboratory. Part of their project is to do an experimental art wedding each year, and each year has a different theme and color corresponding to the seven chakras.
   I hope this inspires you to join us for this historic performance art event on Sat. Oct 23 in Los Angeles, CA
at Farnsworth Park Amphitheater. The Purple Wedding to the Moon will be Officiated by Reverend Billy with the Church of Life After Shopping Choir. Featuring many performers, artists, and amazing guests.
Gather: 6:00 PM Ceremony: 6:30-8:00 Reception: 8:00-9:00

     We will make our vows to love, honor and cherish the Moon & Mountains until death brings us closer together forever. You are invited to join us in these vows, or simply come bear witness. We ask for no gifts but welcome collaboration on the creation of the wedding. See more info at LoveArtLab.

     Oct 24 Santa Monica, CA Highways Performance Space Ecosex Symposium HoneyMOON Moderator: Veronica Hart. Panel: Ecosex Community Leaders, artists, teachers, thinkers including Tim Miller, Carol Queen, Deborah Taj Anapol and others to be announced. Ecosexuals unite! What’s an ecosexual? Find out with a panel of esteemed sex-ecologists; the movers and shakers of this satisfying new sexual identity and cutting edge pollen-amourous community. Find your e-spot. 3:00- 6pm Panel, presentations and discussion. And Schmooze with the Ecosexuals, Moon Pies and ecosexy treats will be served.
     For Details go to: http://www.loveartlab.org/.  If you want to caravan up with San Diego Tantra Theater, please write: tantrikakalidas@gmail.com

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