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Joe Putignano
Joe Putignano is a performing artist and contortionist who has toured with Cirque du Soleil. He was the star of the Cirque show Totem. He has performed in The Times They Are A’changin’ by Twyla Tharp and in a number of stage productions with the Metropolitan Opera. Putignano has been featured on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Human Factor on CNN. His memoir, Acrobaddict, will be published in September 2013 by Central Recovery Press. He lives in New York City.

Entries by Joe Putignano

YouTube: Changing the Speed at Which We Move

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 6:13 PM

YouTube has not only shifted people's approach to entertainment by making the spectators protagonists, but it has also pushed the evolution of movement. It is a natural shift for physical movement to evolve into uncharted territory, but YouTube has enabled its audience to progress faster than usual.

Back when I...

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Intercepting Machismo

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 7:25 PM

My aversion to football actually has nothing to do with the sport itself, and it wasn't something that I realized until I'd hung up the phone after a conversation with my sister, who'd said, "I don't know what it is about football season, but it always makes me so depressed."...

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

(7) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 3:10 PM

The Wizard of Oz has become an iconic movie, particularly in gay culture. Many of my gay friends can quote different parts of the film, but the only element that stood out to me as a boy was the field of red poppies. I remember watching Dorothy peacefully fall asleep...

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Reflecting a Dark Future in the Crystal Ball

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 8:13 PM

In 1996 I fell under the spell of the rising rave culture. I remember how watching a room full of people dancing under hypnotic lights and pulsating dance music made me feel as if Heaven had crashed into the Earth. It wasn't the drugs that initially pulled me in but...

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When Prejudice Dims the Flame

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:11 PM

On Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will begin. Thrilling opening ceremonies will mark the recurrence of one of the world's most stirring events. Those opening ceremonies represent the culmination of a lifelong journey for the athletes who have endured unfathomable amounts of physical...

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