The story of the iconic Frenetic Dancing´Days Discotheque, in the effervescent Rio de Janeiro of the 70s, marked the debut of the dancer and choreographer Deborah Colker in the theater direction. Music producer, journalist Nelson Motta, one of the founders of the legendary nightclub in Rio, is the author with Patrícia Andrade. The honor of the partnership with Nelson and Patrícia, of rereading a group and such a great place, unpretentious and of enormous importance for our city, was a challenge in which Deborah knew she would not end the way she started. For the choreographer, doing art, doing theater, doing a show is an eternal possibility of learning and transforming. Mix styles, techniques, languages ​​and be more different and unique. This show brings together music, theater, dance, history and recalls a time and place when friendship, courage, spontaneity and irreverence were genetic values ​​of existence. The musical, which premiered in 2018, rescues the atmosphere of celebrating life, of feeling happiness knocking on the door when telling the story of the nightclub,opened in 1976, by friends Nelson Motta, Scarlet Moon, Leonardo Netto, Dom Pepe and Djalma



One of the greatest honors, to be Director of Movement of the Olympic Games of Rio 2016 showing a representative visual spectacle of the energy of the Brazilian people. This show also included iconic elements of her work as a choreographer. New York Times



In 1994, when this choreography was created, "Paixão" was part of the show "Vulcão", formed by distinct and independent choreographic pieces. To the sound of romantic songs, "Paixão" was danced by couples, who express extreme situations of the romantic relationship. In 1997 the choreography was danced by Nora Esteves, as part of the opening program for that year's season at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro In 2000 the choreography was performed by the Ballet of the city of São Paulo at the Municipal Theater of the city. In 2015 “Paixão” was presented at the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, with Deborah and dancer Thiago Soares. The 20 duos that were made by different dancers were restricted to the two. “It is a choreography about love, meat, lust, passion, a loving relationship between two people”, explains the choreographer, who also defined this show as the meeting between two styles: contemporary dance, represented by her, and Thiago's classical ballet.

NÓ - Ballet de l'Opera Nacional du Rhin


In 2014 the French company Ballet de l'Opera Nacional du Rhin invited Deborah to reassemble the show Nó. In this show, which is the seventh show of the Company, Deborah brought to the scene a very human theme: Desire. The show, which premiered worldwide in Germany in 2005 at the Tanzfestival Movimentos, in Wolfsburg, brings to stage the elements that made the company a phenomenon of communication with the public - the choreographic virtuosity, the precision and vigor of the dancers, the exploration and occupation of new scenic spaces. The French company dedicated months of rehearsal to learn Deborah's techniques and choreographic style. Dancers tied with ropes, bodies that are imprisoned and released, movements inspired by a horse, dancers intertwined, a woman trapped by her hair. Nó was presented in November at the Teatro La Filature, in Mulhouse, France.



OVO is a Cirque du Soleil show directed by Deborah Colker in 2009. OVO takes place in a colorful ecosystem full of life in which insects work, eat, play, fight, seek for love, until a mysterious egg appears in its midst. They are frightened and curious about the object that represents the enigma and the cycles of their lives. On stage, more than 53 dancers play the insects of this show, reinventing dances, mimics and acrobatics of the circus itself. The set design, created by Gringo Cardia, is inspired by the biodiversity of insects. The soundtrack by Berna Ceppas explores sounds from Brazilian music. The show has already had more than 2,000 performances for more than three million people.



The show "Maracană" was choreographed by Deborah Colker especially for the official cultural program of the 2006 World Cup. The show was an idea of ​​ Kampnagel Kultur Fabrik cultural center in Hamburg, Germany, which submitted the project to FIFA, with the name of the choreographer in the technical file. Sixteen dancers from Brazil and Germany represent typical movements of soccer players in action, as in a game between two teams.

ELA / CASA (Komische Oper Berlin)


In 2002, Deborah was invited by the Berlin Ballet - Komische Oper to choreograph a new piece.. For this program, which debuted in February 2003 in Berlin, Deborah created especially for the Komische Oper ELA which was presented together with CASA, a show originally created for the Companhia de Dança  Deborah Colker in 1999. For Komische Oper, Deborah rehearsed with ten dancers, 57 musicians, under the regency of Mathias Foremny. The show featured the new 20-minute ELA choreography and then CASA. Deborah, alongside with set designer Gringo Cardia, her usual collaborator, worked to create a work about desire. As she used a libretto for the first time, the choreographer did a lot of research until she decided on her repertoire: Ravel (the first movement of the Piano and Orchestra Concerto itself), Górecki (first and third movement of Three Pieces in Old Style for String Orchestra) and Ravel (Le Jardin Feerique). The center of the scene is dominated by a tree 7 meters high. On the ground, green stripes simulate the soil. "The first dancer to enter represents desire and her presence causes confusion among the others, arousing ambition and envy", in a choreography full of sensuality and eroticism. Link Video

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