HIGH STEAKS is a show about labia, labia-shaming, cosmetic surgery and fundamentally, body lovin'.
Award-winning, queer performer, ELOINA, hangs two beef steaks from her labia, butchers them up and sizzles them on a grill.
And... her mum is in the show.
Seamlessly melding performance art and comedy clowning, HIGH STEAKS discusses rising demands in young people for labiaplasty - plastic surgery to make the labia smaller/more symmetrical. Through live conversations with her mum and recorded interviews with labia-owners, HIGH STEAKS is a call for increased visibility of varied vulvas and a celebration of our vulvas in all their shapes and sizes.
Birthed, Created, Performed & Produced by ELOINA
ELOINA makes work that dismantles taboos around the female body. She mixes epic, body-based performance art and quick, comedy clowning. This makes her work accessibly impactful at both extremes and the in-betweens of the art world.
Since graduating from the innovative Drama degree at Queen Mary University of London in 2018, her solo practice has spread across London, opening conversations about menstruation, body hair, labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, female masturbation and ejaculation, motherhood and breastfeeding.
ELOINA’s show, HIGH STEAKS has received only 5 star reviews, been nominated for an OFFIE award & has won the Summerhall Award.
Directed by Louise Orwin
STAR OF THE SHOW - Mama (Annie Haines)
Developed with PARL (Performance Art Research, Ljubljana), Queen Mary University of London, Jackson’s Lane, Camden People’s Theatre
Outside Eye Frankie Thompson
Sound Design by Sammy Metcalfe & Louise Orwin & Tom Foskett-Barnes
Sound Design Consultancy by Liv Lynch
Technical Stage Management by Roshan Conn
Safeguarding Management by Joe Iredale
Set Design by ELOINA & Joe Iredale
Lighting Design by Lily Woodford-Lewis
Producers ELOINA, Beth Sitek and Millie Wood-Downie
With loving thanks to
MAMA, Joe Iredale, The Sisterhood, Andy's Dad’s Accordion & Queen Mary University of London
With super special thanks to
Paula, Posey, Rosa, Porscha, Alice, Casey, Justine, Alex, Dani
and those who will remain anonymous for sharing your beautiful stories with this show
Age guidance: 18+
Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Content Notes: Full frontal nudity, strong language, handling and cooking of raw meat, discussion of genital surgery, discussion of self-harm, depictions of real mother-daughter relationships
No photography, video or documentation of any kind during the performance
CLAY:Centre for Live Art Yorkshire is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund & Leeds City Council through the arts@leeds programme
1-2 Regent Street
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Ticket Type: General Admission £12, Limited number of Student and Low Wage Tickets available too: £8
Venue Access: This is event is wheelchair accessible. We have done what we can to make the space accessible by including a wheelchair freindly portaloo on the floor of the event space. We also have 2 gender-neutral toilets that are down a flight of stairs that is 12 steps. Unfortunately, there is no lift in our building. The rest of the building is on one floor.
Unless stated this is a relaxed perfromance
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