© Anna Ivantsova

   The ensemble "Eugene Panfilov Ballet of the Fat" is a part of the Eugene Panfilov Ballet Theater in the city of Perm. It has existed since 1994. There are women of various professions and ages among the group’s dancers. But these dancers' life has no differences from that of other professional ballet and includes training, rehearsals, performances and touring.  In 2001 they got a prestigious Russian theater award "The Golden Mask".

   ‘We are looking for new dancers from 18 to 25 years old. The required weight is 90 kilos,’ says an announcement on the theater website.  In 2001 they got a prestigious Russian theater award "The Golden Mask". 

   The repertoire of this 'plus-size' ballet includes as single performances as full shows, with both classical and modern dances.

   ‘I’m often asked if it’s true I’m forced to eat. No, it’s not true!’ says ballerina Svetlana Chasova.

   At the end of May was the premiere of a new show that gathered a full hall of spectators.