What is contortion?
What type of performers showcase their skills in contortion?
What type of acts often accompany contortion performances?
What is the primary origin of contortion?
What are the risks associated with long-term contortion practice?
What are frontbenders and backbenders?
What are some of the skills performed by contortionists?
What are some of the elements that contortion acts may incorporate?
Who are some notable contortionists?
Contortion: A Performance Art of Extreme Physical Flexibility
- Contortion is a performance art in which performers called contortionists showcase their skills of extreme physical flexibility.
- Contortion acts often accompany acrobatics, circus acts, street performers, and other live performing arts.
- Contortion acts are typically performed in front of a live audience with one or more artists performing a choreographed set of moves or poses.
- The physical flexibility required to perform such acts greatly exceeds that of the general population.
- Most contortionists are generally categorized as "frontbenders" or "backbenders", depending on the direction in which their spine is most flexible.
- Skills performed by contortionists include frontbending, backbending, dislocations, and extreme body positions.
- Long-term damage to the spine, called scoliosis, is a common risk in long-term contortion practitioners.
- Contortion acts are highly variable, and many incorporate elements of humor, drama, shock, sensuality, or a blend of styles.
- In the past, contortionists were associated almost exclusively with circuses and fairs.
- The primary origins of contortion take place in Asian traditions, such as traditional Buddhist Cham dances in China and Mongolia and the Hindu doctrine of yoga.
- Notable contortionists include Zlata, Sofie Dossi, and Jonathan Nosan.
- Glossary: Frontbenders, backbenders, dislocations, extreme body positions, scoliosis.
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