They're called Pony Express, but their job doesn’t consist in delivering packages quickly. To find out who they are, you can go to the next Next Wave Festival, between May 6-16, at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne, or you can go ahead and read this post.
The reality is that they are a group of Australian performer who asked to the world a very provocative question, but they haven’t given time to prepare a response. They preferred to take it directly on stage. Their question was: what could be better than sex to connect to the Earth? The answer was the show Ecosexual Bathhouse, a sensory environment to get back in touch with nature. Ultimate goal is not in attracting people, but rather to try a new experience based on the senses (as you'll soon discover, there are no real sexual acts) to connect to the Earth and to realize, in an innovative way, the importance of protecting our Planet.
The Pony Express were born and raised online, financing with their fundraising page and are defined as eco-sexual, people who find nature sensual and they choose to have sexual acts with it. Yet relations are not encouraged in any way. Rather what is encouraged is coming into contact with nature, which has been losing gradually in recent years due to the advance of the city over the countryside. The show touches the strings of sensuality and the senses as you can see in their promotional video: one of the performer is caressing a flower, while another lovingly embraces a bathtub filled with moss. I'm describing with these words not by accident, but because these words are used in their campaign to get across the best sensations and emotions. The experience lasts about 45 minutes, but visitors can lengthen the time of the visit or reduce it since they can freely decide how much time to spend in front of every single exhibition. The creators, or the minds behind Pony Express, are the Australian theater-maker Ian Sinclair and the Californian visual artist Loren Kronemyer, which define their work as an energy and spirituality connection among human beings and the Earth.
“Sex is complex and very diverse”, said Ian and Loren, “in our environment it happens around us all the time in ways we can barely perceive. The biggest human sexual organ is the brain, and Ecosexual Bathhouse encourages audiences to use their theirs in a fun, playful, and deeply serious way." In the meantime, exhibits like this are helping bring awareness to the identity and environmental sustainability at the same time. In the press release sent to journalists and bloggers, Loren Kronemyer adds: “Sex sells, so if we have an erotic motivation for the ongoing conservation of our environment, then perhaps the stakes would be high enough to encourage global action. If we learn to love the Earth, maybe we can save it.”