In 1996, Juan Miguel Mas, the largest member of the Cuban Company 'Danza Voluminosa', started this project as 'a space for people to develop artistically and to invent a language, a structure that allows them to interact socially'. Today the company counts six women and two men, as well as three girls in training. All of them share a passion a figure shape: voluminosa. Their repertoire mixes contemporary and modern dance styles with equilibrium techniques learned from Sumo wrestling, and goes from a parody of Swan Lake to the cancan.
‘Danza Voluminosa’ have collaborated with a variety of well-known choreographers and, as a proof of their distinction, the company rehearses and performs in the National Theatre of Cuba. Xiomara, the most experienced dancer in the company admits in a shy voice: ‘I still don’t count the beat on stage -I don’t know how to do it – but I can feel it inside, in the fluttering of my stomach’.