Danza Voluminosa - Big & beautiful 
 by Ana Lorena Fernández
 
 
The corporal aesthetics of very thin bodies has been established not only for top models but for dancers as well. The relentless pursuit of perfection of the dancers’ figures responds to certain physical characteristics that have been taken as absolutely necessary for those who want to devote their lives to dancing.

 
 

However, for 15 years now, Danza Voluminosa (Voluminous Dance) has belied the notion that dancers just have to be skinny. Yes, the company’s dancers are slower and heavier—much heavier—but are as creative and expressive as their colleagues of other “conventional” dance troupes.

The founding of the company marked a turning point in the history of Cuban dance. The troupe’s performers represent a break with the orthodox archetype of professional dancers as they are unabashedly fat. Their presence on stage gives rise to new choreographic and artistic concepts that overcome preconceptions and demonstrate the validity of being “different.”

Danza Voluminosa does not seek in any way to lose weight. They work with volume, with overweight people, adapting modern dance techniques to their physical potentials and letting their feelings and emotions come out. The idea of ​​exploring dance through obesity is in keeping with the substance of contemporary dance: the pursuit of a creative spirit.

Throughout its 15 years of existence, the work carried out by the troupe has been praised by critics and audiences alike. They are one-of-a-kind and have gained respect and applause thanks to their art. This unique company is proof that with effort and hard work dreams can come true.
Danza Voluminosa - Big & beautiful
April 2015
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