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 gymnastic training, or they put themselves through intense, vigorous and painful training to gain this flexibility. It may seem impossible to bend one’s back more than 300° or put one leg behind the back, but the contortionists do it without any effort or discomfort.
In many countries, specially in Mongolia, many people learn contortion just for a passion or to become a contortionist to earn livelihood. They ( most of them are female) start practicing at a very early ages, like 5- 6 years, and after a lot of hard practice they reach to the top at 13- 14 years. Ballet, Gymnastics (specially Rhythmic Gymnastics and Artistic Gymnastics) performers need to contort, either by themselves or by some assistants, while training and practicing. All of them need to endure pain with a smile in their lips (and tears in eyes). Many videos, pictures and montages of this training can be found over the internet…
This is such an important discipline. I hope it continues to make its impression.