As Sunday wrapped up at this year’s Dallas Suscon, the rain began coming down on the metal roof, and the room was beginning to calm as the last suspensions of the day took place. There wasn’t anything overly exciting going on at the moment, or so I thought; and then I heard something drifting over the rain and chatter inside the venue. It was Hilary singing “Song to the Moon” from the Czech opera Rusalka during her 2 point suicide suspension. As her captivating voice echoed through the building, people grew quiet and gathered around to watch and listen. It was a stunning suspension, and one I am so happy I was able to watch.
Hilary is the creator of Operafication, a group that brings together body suspension with opera and dance to create an incredible on stage performance. She has been singing for 15 years, with training in opera for over 12, her impressive voice is proof enough of how hard she has worked to develop her skill. I think in one style or another we can all appreciate how moving music can be, and how much passion someone can feel for it. Seeing these two amazing forms of art brought together was breathtaking. Although this video can’t capture the feeling and atmosphere of being there, I hope that it gives a glimpse of what a lovely moment it was.
Thank you Loki for the great videos, and to Hilary for letting us post it. (And for the wonderful singing at suscon!)