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Haley Viloria Contortion Techinical Demo
Haley Viloria Contortion Techinical Demo
DATE: 2014/04/24::
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America
America's Got Talent S09E05 Contortionist Compilation
DATE: 2014/06/23::
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Extreme body contortion - BBC News
Extreme body contortion - BBC News
DATE: 2014/09/10::
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The crazy world of contortion
The crazy world of contortion
DATE: 2014/02/05::
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Contortion Sisters at ICC 2011
Contortion Sisters at ICC 2011
DATE: 2012/09/16::
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The Contortion Sisters at Ocala
The Contortion Sisters at Ocala's Got Talent 2011
DATE: 2011/10/03::
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Drunk Contortion
Drunk Contortion
DATE: 2014/07/02::
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BACK STRETCHING: How to get INSANE, CONTORTIONIST Back and Spine Flexibility
BACK STRETCHING: How to get INSANE, CONTORTIONIST Back and Spine Flexibility
DATE: 2014/08/31::
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Nina Burri - Goldeneye - 2011 International Contortion Convention
Nina Burri - Goldeneye - 2011 International Contortion Convention
DATE: 2011/09/04::
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Contortion Training
Contortion Training
DATE: 2008/08/07::
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Oksana contortion
Oksana contortion
DATE: 2013/07/22::
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Elle Hosking contortion video star
Elle Hosking contortion video star
DATE: 2013/08/10::
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Tutorial: How to do a Chin Stand (acro/contortion)
Tutorial: How to do a Chin Stand (acro/contortion)
DATE: 2012/12/21::
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The Magic Frederick & La Jana - 2011 International Contortion Convention
The Magic Frederick & La Jana - 2011 International Contortion Convention
DATE: 2011/09/17::
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Contortion Duo Veruschka
Contortion Duo Veruschka
DATE: 2014/10/09::
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Incredible Triple Fold Contortion Compilation
Incredible Triple Fold Contortion Compilation
DATE: 2014/04/29::
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Flexyart presents: 029 Contortion headsit training on a cube with flexiana
Flexyart presents: 029 Contortion headsit training on a cube with flexiana
DATE: 2014/12/30::
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Alegria- Duo Contortion in LONDON (Oyun-Erdene Senge and Ulziibuyan Mergen)
Alegria- Duo Contortion in LONDON (Oyun-Erdene Senge and Ulziibuyan Mergen)
DATE: 2014/12/07::
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Byamba Contortion Girls: Cute Contortionists Create Cool Mermaid Act - America
Byamba Contortion Girls: Cute Contortionists Create Cool Mermaid Act - America's Got Talent 2014
DATE: 2014/07/23::
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Statue contortion Ballerina - Prudence Caldwell & Aaron Adkins
Statue contortion Ballerina - Prudence Caldwell & Aaron Adkins
DATE: 2014/10/12::
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The crazy world of contortion
The crazy world of contortion
DATE: 2014/03/24::
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Contortion Clinic Day 3 Jersey Cape Dance and Gymnastics Aca
Contortion Clinic Day 3 Jersey Cape Dance and Gymnastics Aca
DATE: 2010/07/28::
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International Circus Festival - contortion act
International Circus Festival - contortion act
DATE: 2014/11/26::
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Alla Moisey super sexy contortion
Alla Moisey super sexy contortion
DATE: 2014/08/23::
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Handstand/contortion act by Artem & Nastia 500 / www.maximaaa.com
Handstand/contortion act by Artem & Nastia 500 / www.maximaaa.com
DATE: 2012/01/30::
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Jordan McKnight (US) Contortion
Jordan McKnight (US) Contortion
DATE: 2014/04/28::
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Contortion Skills
Contortion Skills
DATE: 2012/09/14::
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Mystic BellyDance and Contortion Fusion by Agnieszka Marczak
Mystic BellyDance and Contortion Fusion by Agnieszka Marczak
DATE: 2015/03/21::
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Spellbound | Acro & Contortion Solo by KaliAndrews Dance Company
Spellbound | Acro & Contortion Solo by KaliAndrews Dance Company
DATE: 2012/08/19::
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Anya contortion
Anya contortion
DATE: 2010/11/05::
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Beginning Contortion Training
Beginning Contortion Training
DATE: 2012/04/23::
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Body in Motion: Exploring the Art of Contortion
Body in Motion: Exploring the Art of Contortion
DATE: 2015/02/16::
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flexyart presents: 014 Contortion training with flexiana
flexyart presents: 014 Contortion training with flexiana
DATE: 2014/12/29::
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Contortion from www.fantastic-bodies.com
Contortion from www.fantastic-bodies.com
DATE: 2015/02/15::
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HOW TO STRETCH your LEGS #4 | for Gymnastics & Contortion | Exercises for Splits
HOW TO STRETCH your LEGS #4 | for Gymnastics & Contortion | Exercises for Splits
DATE: 2015/03/30::
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Tatyana Balahnina contortion:)
Tatyana Balahnina contortion:)
DATE: 2015/03/11::
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Extreme Contortion Act - Contortionist Magdalena Stoilova - www.MaggiShow.com
Extreme Contortion Act - Contortionist Magdalena Stoilova - www.MaggiShow.com
DATE: 2012/07/23::
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OVO - Cirque du Soleil | Contortion Act on TV (Nagoya, Japan)
OVO - Cirque du Soleil | Contortion Act on TV (Nagoya, Japan)
DATE: 2015/02/12::
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Simple Fun: CONTORTION! with Visha Loo
Simple Fun: CONTORTION! with Visha Loo
DATE: 2012/04/05::
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Nomintuya Solo Contortion
Nomintuya Solo Contortion
DATE: 2014/06/04::
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Circus Stardust Presents: Contortion on Trapeze, Hula Hoop and Contortion (Artist 00598)
Circus Stardust Presents: Contortion on Trapeze, Hula Hoop and Contortion (Artist 00598)
DATE: 2012/01/24::
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Contortion/splits training
Contortion/splits training
DATE: 2012/12/10::
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Indian Girl Child Contortionist Expert (Contortion Child Prodigy)
Indian Girl Child Contortionist Expert (Contortion Child Prodigy)
DATE: 2013/06/12::
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CULT   contortion Daria; www.circus-theatre-bingo.com
CULT contortion Daria; www.circus-theatre-bingo.com
DATE: 2011/04/22::
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Contortion Sisters Americas Got Talent 2014
Contortion Sisters Americas Got Talent 2014
DATE: 2014/07/03::
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Alexis - 2011 International Contortion Convention
Alexis - 2011 International Contortion Convention
DATE: 2011/09/07::
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CONTORTION- Photo video
CONTORTION- Photo video
DATE: 2015/02/26::
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Contortion in a Cube
Contortion in a Cube
DATE: 2008/06/03::
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Rachel
Rachel's Contortion Skills
DATE: 2012/09/15::
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KARINE Extreme contortion advanced triplefold
KARINE Extreme contortion advanced triplefold
DATE: 2014/05/07::
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"Contortionist" redirects here. For the band, see The Contortionist.
Contortionist performing
Contortionist, posed in studio, ca. 1880.

Contortion (sometimes contortionism) is an unusual form of physical display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body. Contortion is often part of acrobatics and circus acts. In general, "contortionists" have unusual natural flexibility, which is then enhanced through acrobatic training, or they put themselves through intense, repetitive and consistent training to gain this flexibility. However, even those with genetic, sex, or age disadvantages can attain the same level of flexibility albeit with slower progress.

In some countries like Mongolia and Russia many people (mainly girls) learn contortion and it is considered a nationally respected art form that holds cultural importance. For hundreds of years contortionists have entertained crowds all over Mongolia. Contortionists usually start practicing from a very early age. In Mongolia the minimum acceptable age is 5, as they believe contortion can cause bone deformities in younger children.[citation needed] Some sports, rhythmic gymnastics for example, demand extreme flexibility but not the hand balancing skills or performance skills of a contortionist.

Skills[edit]

See also: Glossary

Most contortionists are categorized as either "frontbenders" or "backbenders", depending on the direction in which their spine is more flexible. Relatively few performers are equally adept at bending both frontwards and backwards.

Some of the skills performed by contortionists include:

  • Frontbending skills such as folding forward at the waist with the legs straight, or placing one or both legs behind the neck or shoulders with the knees bent (called a human knot).
  • Backbending skills such as touching one's head to one's feet, or all the way to the buttocks (called a head-seat), while standing, lying on the floor, or in a handstand. A Marinelli bend is a backbend while supported only by a grip at the top of a short post that is held in the mouth.
  • Splits and oversplits (a split of more than 180 degrees) may be included in frontbending or backbending acts. An oversplit may be performed while the feet are supported by two chairs or by two assistants.
  • Enterology is the practice of squeezing one's body into a small, knee-high box or other container which appears to be much too small for a person to fit in.
  • Dislocations of the shoulders or hip joints are sometimes performed as a short novelty act by itself. One example is lifting the arm to the side until it passes behind the head and lies across the top of the shoulders.

Types of performances[edit]

This man in a trunk is an example of enterology.
See also: Glossary
Adagio performance by Company Rions Noir (France)
Contortionist Elena Ramos

Like other visual arts, a contortion performance can convey any of several emotions, depending on the choreography and costumes that are chosen, as well as the personality and acting skills of the performer. Performers might choose a style that is beautiful, athletic, weird, shocking, sensual, erotic or humorous, and each has fans that prefer that particular style, sometimes to the exclusion of other styles.

Contortion may be incorporated into other types of performances:

  • An adagio act is an acrobatic dance in which one partner lifts and carries the other partner as she/he performs splits and other flexible poses.
  • In a rag doll or golliwogg act, one or two assistants bend, shake and carry the contortionist in such a way as to convince the audience that the disguised performer is actually a limp, life-sized doll. The act often ends by stuffing the doll into a small box.
  • Contortion positions can be performed on a Spanish web, an aerial act consisting of a rope with a hand/foot loop that is spun by someone underneath.
  • Contortionists might manipulate props during their performance, for instance spinning hula hoops or juggling rings, balancing towers of wine glasses, or playing a musical instrument.
Ravi the Scorpion Mystic stands on one leg performing his act in Times Square, NYC, 2004

A contortionist may perform alone, may have one or two assistants, or up to four contortionists may perform together as a group. In the past, contortionists were associated almost exclusively with circuses and fairs, but recently they have also found work performing in nightclubs, amusement parks, in magazine advertisements, at trade shows, on television variety shows, in music videos, and as warmup acts or in the background at music concerts. The Ross Sisters were American contortionists most famous for their musical number in the 1940s movie Broadway Rhythm. In addition, contortion photos and digital movie clips are traded by fans on the Internet, and several web sites provide original photos of contortion acts for a monthly fee, or sell videotapes of performances through the mail.

Since some loose-jointed people are able to pop a joint out of its socket without pain, it may be hard to tell whether a joint is actually dislocated without an X-ray. However, as long as the joint socket is the right shape, most extreme bends can be achieved without dislocating the joint.[1] Actual dislocations[2] are rarely used during athletic contortion acts since they make the joint more unstable and prone to injury, and a dislocated limb cannot lift itself or support any weight.

List of notable contortionists[edit]

Glossary[edit]

Example of a chest stand
  • Backbend/ Backfold - Any pose with an unusual degree of backward bending at the waist and/or any portion of spine while standing, kneeling, resting on the floor, or while suspended.
  • Box act (also called: body packing; enterology; packanatomicalization) - Circus act in which a contortionist squeezes his/her body into a small box or transparent container.
  • Chest stand - Any backbending pose in which the performer's chest is resting on the floor for support.
  • Dislocate - 1. [verb] To injure a joint by temporarily forcing the bone out of its normal socket. 2. [noun] In men's gymnastics, a rotating of the shoulders when performing a backwards turn on the still rings. Many skills in acrobatics appear to involve dislocating a joint, when they actually do not.
  • Durvasa's pose or crane pose - Named for the mythological Indian sage, Durvasa, who supposedly assumed this pose during his years of penance: to stand on one foot with the other leg lifted in front and placed behind the neck or shoulders.
An elbow stand performed by an acro dancer
  • Elbow stand - Any inverted pose in which the performer uses only the forearms on the floor for support.
  • Frontbend - Any pose that features an unusual degree of frontward bending of the waist and/or spine, either with the legs together or parted.
  • Front split (also called: Stride split) - A split in which one leg is extended frontward and the other leg is extended backward, both at right angles to the trunk. Ideally, the hips are square facing to the front, while both legs are turned out from the hips.
  • Hairpin - A pose in which one kneels down, sits on top of the feet, and bends backwards until the top of the head comes into contact with the tailbone; it may also done with a starting position on hands and knees.
  • Headseat - An extreme backbend in which the top of the performer's head touches the buttocks; usually in a handstand or chest stand.
  • Human knot (also called: Yogic sleep; Head-foot position; Leg-head position) - A frontward bend with both ankles placed behind the neck.
  • Leg shouldering - A standing split in which the leg touches the shoulder. Can be done to the front, side, or rear.
  • Marinelli bend - [From contortionist and international theatrical agent H. B. Marinelli (1864-1924)] A head-seat with the legs extended, performed while supported only by a mouth grip at the top of a short post.
  • Needle scale - A front split while standing on the forward foot, with the torso bent downward with the hands touching the floor, while the rear leg is extended vertically toward the ceiling.
  • Oversplit (also called: Hypersplit) - Any split in which the angle formed by the legs measures greater than 180 degrees. It can be done to the front with either or both legs elevated, or in a straddle split with one or both legs elevated.
  • Passive stretching (also called: Static-passive stretching; assisted relaxed stretching) - 1. A static stretch (See: "static stretching") in which an external force (such as the floor or another person) holds the performer in the static position. 2. The practice of having a relaxed limb moved beyond its normal range of motion with the assistance of a partner. In "active stretching", in contrast, the limb is extended to its maximum range using only the muscles of that limb.
  • Pike - To be bend forward at the waist with the legs and trunk kept straight.
  • Pointe - In classical ballet, when a dancer uses special shoes (called pointe shoes or toe shoes) to dance en pointe (on their toes). The arch of the top of the foot is at its maximum when the dancer "pushes over", causing the heel of the foot to be almost directly over the toes. Difficult and often painful to learn, both men and women may benefit from studying pointe technique, however, most performance opportunities are for women only. Children do not begin to study pointe until they have years of experience and sufficient ankle strength, as well as being old enough to ensure that their bones are strong enough.
  • Rag doll act (also called: Golliwogg act) - Circus act in which a contortionist, dressed in a loose-fitting clown costume, gives the appearance of being a limp, life-sized doll, as one or two assistants bend, roll, carry and pose the "doll" and then stuff him/her into a small box.
  • Rhythmic gymnastics (also called: Rhythmic sportive gymnastics (RSG); rhythmics) - Olympic sport for one woman (or 5 women in group competition) consisting of a balletic floor exercise which demonstrates leaps, turns, balance and flexibility while moving and tossing hand-held apparatus: a ball, a rope, a hoop, two clubs, or a ribbon. Men's rhythmic gymnastics currently exists in Japan, and is gaining worldwide acceptance.
  • Rope act (also called: Spanish web) - Circus act in which an acrobat (usually female) performs exercises high above the floor while holding on to a long, vertically suspended rope, or hanging from a loop in the rope.
  • Scale - In acrobatics, when the leg is raised toward the back and may be held with one hand while standing.
  • Split (also called: the splits) - Any pose in which the legs are extended in opposite directions such that the angle of the legs is 180 degrees.
  • Straddle split (also called: side split; box split; Chinese split; cut split) - A split in which the legs are extended to the left and right, until a 180 degree angle between the legs is reached.
  • Tortoise position (also called: pancake) - A seated forward bend with the chest against the floor between the legs; the outstretched arms are also against the floor and underneath the knees.
  • Triple fold - A chest stand (See: "chest stand") in which the knees come all the way over to touch the floor, and the shins lie flat on the floor.
  • Twisting split - An exercise in which the performer changes from a split with the left leg forward, to a straddle split, and then to a split with the right leg forward, by rotating the legs, and without using the hands for support.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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