In many parts of the world, the fetish community and the body suspension community overlap quite a bit. Part of it is due to the fact that both tend to be fairly open minded groups when it comes to the interests and recreational activities of the individuals involved, as well as that the people who participate in body suspension have a wide range of lifestyles, many being active members in the fetish communities around them. In Prague, one annual event that brings these two beautiful groups together is Hell Party, put on by the members of HELL.cz at Club Abaton. The party features a variety of performances gracing their stage, everything from play piercing, branding, and body suspension to latex fashion, rope bondage, and aerial performances are on display to keep the attendees on their toes.
When it comes to body suspension, there are some big differences in what people consider performance. I have seen shows that range from simple demonstrations of body suspensions being performed to all out theatrical performances that the professionals involved have spent a year or more creating. Although I haven’t seen video from this show, the photos, along with the reviews, make it clear that quite a bit of time went into the make-up, costuming, lighting, and planning of these scenes. From a spectator’s point of view, it is amazing what putting that kind of time into an act can do to change the whole experience as you watch the individuals on stage.
I’ll admit that reading reviews written in Czech isn’t my strong point, but thanks to online translators I was given a better idea of the performances that took place. Their acts for these photos ranged from a Day of the Dead inspired piece to a beautiful collaboration between suspendees and an aerial silk performer. Along with those, were other scenes and artistic pieces which included an act inspired by Di Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ in which a man and woman were suspended back to back in circular frames in the same pose, as well as a more delicate piece that took advantage of the wonderful blue and red lighting as they put two suicide suspensions and a resurrection in the air. From what I have read, the crowd response to the performances was wonderful. Being in their 7th year of bringing Hell Party to Prague, I am sure those attending are no strangers to seeing people hanging from hooks.
We have photographer Martin Lukeš to thank for these lovely images of the 2010 and 2011 Hell Parties he attended. He has full albums of the nights available on his website, as well as an impressive collection of the other work he has done. Be sure to check out all of his other albums as well. He has some beautiful photography, and you certainly won’t be disappointed. Thank you so much for sharing these with us Martin, I hope to see more from you and the Hell Party event in the future as they continue to progress.