Sphinx, also internationally known by the German word "Durchkucker" (to look through) is considered to be THE contortion pose, which every contortionist needs to be able to exercise in order to be recognized as a contortionist. It ist he most classical pose in contortionism.


A contortion pyramide is a pose in which two or more contortionists are building a "pyramide" picture, whereby each artist is folded in a "sphinx-like" position.

Triple Fold

TRIPLE FOLD: The triple fold is another rather extreme pose. A contortionist has to be very flexible to be able to exercise this chest stand in which the knees come all the way over to touch the floor, and the shins lie flat on the floor.

Ruppel Bend

RUPPEL BEND (named after famous contortionist Alina Ruppel) The so called Ruppel (Back)-Bend is considered the most extreme pose in contortionism. Since it is physically so demanding it is nearly impossible to do, even for most contortionists. Alina is still internationally claimed to be the only one, who can properly execute this pose.


Generally contortionists are devided into two categories. Front- and back-benders. Back-bending describes a pose with an unusual degree of backward bending at the waist and/or spine while standing, kneeling, resting on the floor, or while suspended.


Contortion (sometimes contortionism) is a performance art in which performers showcase their skills of extreme physical flexibility. It is assumed, that only approximately 2 % of the worldwide population is born ‘naturally’ limber to an extend that many professional contortionists are demonstrating in their shows. However it is possible to achieve a considerate amount of such flexibility by steady stretching and training with a good basic ability of limberness. The art of contortion was already practiced and very popular at the times of the old pharaohs. Many artifacts found in graves give proof of this.