I want to show you how even in something extreme like contortion there must be a balance, or things can get too far and from being beautiful and artistic they become inconceivable and sort of disturbing.
Take this picture of a faceframe pose from Zlata
and this same pose, from Natasha King
They both do the same pose, they are both talented contortionists, but I wouldn’t pick the first one as my favorite. Why? Aren’t they the same? No. Flexibility wise, the second is less extreme (not grabbing the knees and lifting the chest as high, feet are not completely flat on the floor), but way more beautiful and tasteful to me.
Another example, elbowstand with back arch (fold)
and handstand with back arch (Zig Zag pose)
Again, I’d pick the second one. More interesting and graceful. The first one is just too deep and foldy, it gives me a sense of no strength, no control, no emotion, like a lifeless noodle.
Another inconceivable example of a pose:
I mean what is even going on here? No thanks. I’m sure this lady worked very hard for her skills (respect!) and I wouldn’t say no to some extra flexibility, but this is ugly to me!
What is beautiful to you? Maybe none of those pictures, but you can compare this post to many other things, like I don’t know, make up. Doesn’t too much make up make you look ridiculous and actually not pretty? Too much is too much, in anything.
I want to create something aesthetically pleasant with my body that people can love and appreciate, I want to impress but not scare. So long life to beautiful, delightful, elegant contortion 🙂 No No to freaky, disturbing, tasteless body-bending.