8 November 2012
Jim's contortion pages....
How can people do this? What are the underlying differences between people who can do this, and those who can't? How much is genetics, and how much is training? The answers are not known definitively. Some ideas are discussed here...
The amazing Magdalena Stoilova, with whom I have had the pleasure of performing. Photo courtesy of Colin Strover.
Ska van Schoning introducing acts at the Third International Contortion Convention, held in Huerth, Germany in 2003.
have been very lucky to have gone to all the International
Contortion Conventions, organised by the very energetic and generous Ska
von Schoning (Showbiz), and held in Las Vegas and Germany. Here are my
reports of the First (1998), Second (2000) and Third (2003)
Conventions. Because I was performing at the Fourth (2006) and Fifth
(2011) Conventions I don't have such detailed pages on those,
though I show some photos. The Conventions have allowed me to build
friendships with contortionists and their supporters worldwide. Thank
I was lucky to be able to perform in further conventions in Cologne in
September 2013, and in Las Vegas in April 2016 and September 2018. My own performance can be seen here on Youtube.
Mim Conyers at Red Bennies, 2011.
Australia, we have been glad to have had our own meetings, the
Australian Contortion and Handbalancing Festivals. The Festivals were
initiated by Jasmine George (Jasmine George Straga) at her circus school
in Coff's Harbour in 2010 (with assistance from Andrew McQueen). The
second Festival was held in Melbourne in 2011, organised by Mim Conyers
and Andrew McQueen, and culminating in shows at Red Bennies Nightclub
in Melbourne. For me, they have been very valuable letting me build contacts and develop very valued friendships with
contortionists, trainers, and their supporters throughout Australia.
See my pages on the First Festival and the Second Festival. Unfortunately, I was overseas at the time of the Third Festival, held in 2014. |
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