Monday, 18 June 2007

Vomiting and Nudity

I love actors. Don't you wish that you could act? I do. I’m particularly impressed by vomiting on screen and by nudity on stage. My favourite all time screen vomit is in the Sopranos (was it series 3?) when Christopher’s girlfriend is pulled in by the FBI for the first time and is so frightened that she spews all over them. It is a magnificent arc of vomit, all the better for being totally unexpected but justified by the story.

After seeing a naked man in a play at the Barbican a few years ago, I was advised by an actor in the bar afterwards that the best way to greet the person concerned, if you should meet them socially, is to stride up to them and say ‘what a magnificent penis.’ By chance, at a party recently, I met a man I had seen naked on stage about five years before. As realisation dawned, however, all I could manage was ‘Oh, I’ve seen your, er…your Rites of Spring’. My all time favourite on-stage nudity was during a solo dance by Mark Morris, enfant terrible* (he’s 50 years old) of the New York ballet scene. He’s a beefy man but his deportment is beautiful. He danced to a spoken soundtrack about (as I recall) a pig and a hot air balloon. He wore a white nightshirt and he was naked underneath it. As he leaped around the stage, his nightshirt would billow up and you’d get one of those ‘oh, hello there’ glimpses of his penis. The performance was both elegant and witty. But that’s the avant-garde for you.

* not to be confused with Michael Clark, the enfant terrible of British dance, who is only 45

5 comments:

Robin Kelly said...

Spookily, I was confusing him with Michael Clark and wondering if he really was that old.

Helen Smith said...

Hello Robin
Michael Clark's great as well, of course - I've seen him dancing on stage with his Mum; she was in her bra and pants. I gather that she's a very nice lady and quite often makes an appearance in his shows.

Lucy said...

Have you seen the Ballet Boyz' NAKED? Loved it. but then I'm a perv...

Helen Smith said...

Lucy, I'm going to have to add the Ballet Boyz to the short list of male dancers whose bare bottoms I haven't actually seen.

Lucy said...

No my dear, you get to see willies too. And boobs. A fine afternoon well spent.