Don’t Leave Me Hangin’

As far as insular pockets of humans go, perhaps none are more defined by intentional physical alteration than suspension artists. There’s a gritty, otherworldly vibe to the practice of piercing the dermis, and then “relaxing” while being hoisted up by meat hooks. Sure, it looks terrible. Awful. Weirdly German. But watching the human form hang like a ham hock is compelling. This weekend is the 2013 Dallas Suspension Practitioners Convention, a three-day industry-only event catered to those who truly hang tough. Registration has closed, but a beautifully bizarre offshoot event, An Evening with Stelarc, is going down — or rather, up — at the Lakewood Theater (1825 Abrams Road) from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Stelarc is both a performance artist and a choreographer. He’s also a man who’s implanted an extra ear beneath the skin of his forearm — just trust us on that last part. He’s joining forces with a group called Wings of Desire to present a hoisting, swinging and hanging ballet where humans are hooked and spun slowly from something resembling a giant clothesline. The end result is not for the squeamish: Think the work of Matthew Barney meets Alex Grey, but threaded and dragging like a loose button. Tickets cost $15. Visit
Sat., March 30, 2013

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