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June 3, 2013
5:50 pm
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April 8, 2011

I have just had my first experience doing an actual performance in front of a crowd that was there specifically to watch me and the other performers perform. While I have done public suspensions before, the difference was in the past I was suspending and happened, by chance, to have people watching. This time I was pulling with the overtly stated intent of people watching and cheering. As this is still fresh of my mind and related to body modification, I felt the need to share a little bit about my experience.

The performance was done as a fundraiser for The Rise: Vancouver Division suspension crew. There were probably about 100 people in the crowd and around a dozen or so performers. Performances included such thing as The Human Tacklebox, freak show performers, hook pull tug of wars, hook pull magic carpet, human dart board, burlesque dancers and human stapling. I took part in the first of the two hook pull tug of wars.

The hooks were thrown prior to actually arriving at the venue and I, as well as the other performers, spent most of the night with hooks in our backs. My part came just before intermission and was done with one other female bodied person of comparable size to myself. Both of us were experienced with suspension but new to both performance and pulls.

The sheer energy of the audience was really the thing that set this apart from any other experience I have taken part in and, for the first time, I really came to appreciate the thrill of performing in front of a crowd and why people do it. I'm not sure how long our pull lasted for but I'd probably guess around 10 minutes of back and forth action. Everyone was cheering both of us on and those cheers, I think, spurred us both into further efforts than we otherwise might have been capable of. The commentary was great and all I could think, very fondly, was of a pro wrestling match with a pro wrestling commentator. In the end I lost, but it wasn't the victory or defeat that was really the purpose, it was the show we put on.

The entire event went off beautifully and I believe everyone, performer and fan alike, had an amazing time. Quite unexpectedly for a relatively shy introvert as I am, I find myself thinking that I would like to perform again. From top to bottom it was a fantastic night and my entire body was buzzing with energy and adrenaline pretty much until I got home and fell asleep.

June 5, 2013
8:33 am
South Korea
Forum Posts: 225
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February 27, 2012

You know, I'm always wary of performing, but every single time I do it, I love it. I love feeling that energy from the audience.

Good job! I hope you get another opportunity to perform in the future!

June 5, 2013
8:55 am
Forum Posts: 296
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May 24, 2012

Sounds great and thanks for sharing! I'm feeling some type of way just reading your words. You seem to be going through such a transformation… with your love life and your facial tattoo and now performance! It is so sweet of you to think of your church as a place to share and live the experience multiple times.

I wonder what the people who were there will say about the performance. It's always interesting to learn how you can present art in a way people can understand or be mind blown by.

Everyone has something to say about the Mona Lisa until you're standing in front of it speechless.
June 7, 2013
1:41 pm
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January 7, 2011

Awesome stuff!
Performing is such a different energy! Glad you enjoyed it and learned about yourself. :)

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
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