Anima May

I AM Contemporary Dance Performance

When I was 18 years old, the director of my dance school in Rome told me during a rehearsal: “Isn’t it time for you to go on a diet? The audience is not paying to see cellulite dance across the stage!”

The dance world is very competitive, especially for women and the industry has an unrealistic image of the perfect body for dancers.

As a performing artist, my body is my instrument and the vessel to express myself.

If not loved, cherished and empowered, my body and self image will crash under the pail of criticism, shame and insecurity, and eventually stop functioning.

Being aware of the importance of this matter and as a female dancer and choreographer, I decided to take action and create a performance where body diversity is celebrated and not perceived as an obstacle.

Our physical characteristics should not be seen as a limitation but rather as a beautiful and integral part of our artistic expression. 

Anima May

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