contortionism


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contortionism

(kənˈtɔːʃənɪzəm)
n
the practice of contorting, esp as a performance
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The endless column inches devoted to Theresa May's lamentable failure to achieve anything and the intellectual contortionism displayed by Labour's leadership have given us a partial and incomplete version of events.
All their units come with cartoonish colour schemes and stylised swirls and spikes - which in some cases, bring to mind the cubist contortionism of Pablo Picasso.
David Hutt | Tribune News Service THE Malaysian lawyer and human rights activist R Sivarasa once noted, with a right mixture of sarcasm and pathos, that his country's constitution guarantees freedom of speech,"but not freedom after speech." Such contortionism is now to become even more distorted as the Malaysian government passed a new law outlawing fake news, a piece of legislation hurried through parliament ahead of an upcoming general election and so egregious that it could be the final blow to free speech in Malaysia, which, as it is, has long been tempered with hushed tones and calculated risk.
The underwater Bubble Theatre is an exciting family show presenting the beautiful art of soap bubbles, dance, juggling, magic, contortionism and live sand art.
That is probably why Franco Dragone had promised me, in an interview before the show opened, "every day is a different show - you will always have a feeling of not having seen everything." The performances are multi-disciplinary, with the 65-strong cast combining dance, acting, acrobatics (both on ground and aerially) contortionism, comedy - and, apparently, diving!
(154) But one need look no further than the Supreme Court Reporter to see how our Supreme Court engages in all kinds of contortionism just to stay within the boundaries set up by the written document.
The subtotal of the above is that when we teach or write about poetry, we give our students or readers a much fuller and more accurate sense of the relation between form and content when we help them hear the sounds of verse in relation to other verse instead of encouraging them toward an interpretive contortionism that insists on twisting sound into an auditory allegory of sense.
Antonio mastered the art of contortionism by watching his family, who are also contortionists.
It opens in low-key but entrancing fashion, first with the moody, atmospheric beatboxing of white-haired MC Sxip Shirey and then with some excruciating-looking contortionism from Jonathan Nosan, whose mix of physical ability and comic timing is one of the hits of the show.
The US government, for example, has been engaging in domestic political contortionism in order to continue having "that special relationship" they have with Egypt.
An audience of 140 enjoyed the entertainment, which began with the 17 first year students performing pieces that showcased their individual talents, including singing, dancing, MCING, acting and contortionism.