Jonathan Nosan

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Originally from Mt. Pleasant Michigan, Jonathan’s flexibility is not natural.  He was simply well trained.

After graduating U.C. Berkeley in Asian Studies and Geography he was awarded a Fulbright to Japan to conduct research toward his PhD in Design of Sacred Space of New Religious Movements.  His second research year was spent in a wood cabin with an outhouse in the Northwest Mountains of Kyoto. It was during that year he changed course from academics to acrobatics after seeing a Chinese Contortionist in Nagasaki and a Canadian Clown in Tokyo.

Unable to touch his toes at 22, Nosan moved to London for a year of physical theater and circus training, then three years as a contortion student of Mr. Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Centre.

Jonathan moved to Manhattan in 1998 and has since developed a unique performance and teaching style.  His work has been featured in film, fashion, television/commercials and on stage.  2010 brought the premier of his performemoirt piece BAGABONES, 2013+ original cast of the spiegeltent spectacular LIMBO, and is now going back to the future.  He is president of Acroback, a performance design firm catering to international galas and events.