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Stretching the imagination with contortionist Phoenix Paz

Contortionist, Phoenix Paz, Contortion Circle (2015) Photographer: Stephanie Griswold, resized and cropped

Education can take many shapes - just ask Phoenix Paz. She's a teacher of contortion at the San Francisco Circus Center, and says she made her home in circus arts because she wanted to push her body to its limits.

It's like finding a wall and pushing past that wall, it's achieving the impossible, it's pushing yourself past the limits that you think you can hit.

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview

Paz and the Circus Center artists perform their new cabaret,Champagne and Starlight, tomorrow and Saturday in San Francisco.

Crosscurrents San Francisco
Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.