Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker

The Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker was founded in 1994 and went on stage for the first time with Vulcão (Volcano). Although a beginner, the Company was invited to open the “O Globo em Movimento” Festival in Rio’s Municipal Theater, one of the most important theaters in Brazil. The explosion happened the following year with Velox. The show, famous for its scene on a climbing wall, became a pop phenomenon.

In 1996, the company had its first world premiere outside of Brazil. Staged especially for the prestigious Lyon Dance Biennial, Mix (a mix of Vulcão and Velox) launched the Company internationally, and five years later the show received the stamp of excellence by the Society of London Theatre, receiving the 2001 Laurence Olivier Award, in the category "Outstanding Achievement in Dance", an honor never before granted to a Brazilian artist or group.

Since then, the Cia de Dança Deborah Colker has toured the four continents, performing on some of the most important stages in the world, such as the John F. Kennedy Center (Washington, EUA), Joyce Theatre and New York City Center, Harbour Centre (Toronto, Canada), Barbican Centre (London, England) Birmingham Hippodrome (England), The Play House and Festival Theatre (Edinburgh), Maison de La Dance (Lyon, France), Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon, Portugal), Admiral Spalatz (Berlin), Stopera Muziektheater (Amsterdam), Esplanade Theatre (Singapore), Hong Kong Cultural Grand Theatre, Macau Cultural Centre (China), Kanagawa Arts Centre (Tokyo, Japan), Tel Aviv Opera House, Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), Westpactrust St James Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand), Teatro Nacional Cervantes e Opera Allianz (Buenos Aires, Argentina), among many others.

Research on the relationship of body and space resulted in Rota (Route) (1997), Casa (House) (1999) and 4 por 4 (4 by 4) (2002). Parts of Velox and Rota were joined in 2016 to make Vero, a production that became the key-piece of the repertoire. With Nó (Knot) (2005) and Cruel (2008), Deborah entered a phase she considers more existential, touching on themes such as love and desire. Between the two she created Dínamo, which was still called Maracanã when it was included in the programming for the 2006 World Cup, in Germany.

Approaching literature became the next challenge. Tatyana (2011) was based on the novel in verse Evguêni Oniéguin, by Russian Alexsandr Púchkin. And Belle (2014) was freely inspired by Belle de jour, by the Franco-Argentine writer Joseph Kessel – and transformed into film by Luis Buñuel. With Cão Sem Plumas (Dog without feathers), in 2017, the company sets out for another relationship with words, now the poetry of João Cabral de Melo Neto, confirming continual transformation. Cão Sem Plumas was granted with the Benois de la Danse Award 2018 at Moscow for its choreography.