In August 2016 Brazil hosted the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Deborah Colker held the prestigious title of Movement Director responsible for the Opening Ceremony (5 August 2016). In 2016, partially to coincide with the spectacle of the Olympics, Deborah Colker chose to join parts of Velox (1995) and Rota (1997) to create VERO.
Velox and Rota, two of the company’s international headline productions showcase artistic movements and refer to sports as a vehicle for expressive organic freedom. VERO puts into play an electrifying combination of vitality and danger. Large-scale apparatuses compile on stage throughout the performances - 6 large rotating fans, 7m high climbing wall and 5m high spinning wheel. The set is then explored and dominated by 14 dancers in a performance that combines ballet, aerial artistry, circus, contemporary performance and physical theatre. Where the laws of gravity are defied. By September 2016, VERO completed over 120 performances (in 2016 alone, over 3 billion people have witnessed this spectacular choreography), and internationally toured in 2017 and 2018, including Middle East, US and Europe.
In 2020, VERO is going to London, part of a three-year residence program with the Company at Southbank Centre. In the first act of VERO, the movements of Ostinato, Everyday and Sonar use the vocabulary of classical ballet and contemporary dance, playing with gestures of everyday life and ground movements; printing, strength, lightness, humor, speed – the dynamic trademarks of Deborah Colker choreography. With a repertoire of ordinary gestures transformed into movements, laden with intention, yet out of context, they evoke the drama, comedy, playful and pathetic, with pace and precision and the search for the perfect balance. In the background of the scene, the stage verticalizes on a wall of 7 meters high where the dancers perform an aerial ballet, defying the law of gravity with impeccable aplomb. Soon after Kung Fu, athletics and play ensure. In the second act, the dancers move in a state of fluctuation, like astronauts inside a vessel without gravity. Movements gain new densities with slow maneuvers that require a balance and unusual muscular endurance. Dancers undertake the various possibilities to walk in suspension, in all senses and directions. In the final movement, a rotating wheel of 5 meters high takes the stage. Inspired by amusement parks and Earth's rotation, the choreography upon and around the wheel is a translation of the study of physics and movement mechanics.
Deborah Colker is a recipient of the UK’s Olivier Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Dance” as well as Writer, Director and Choreographer of Cirque du Soleil OVO (2009). In 2018, her show Cão Sem Plumas (Dog Without Feathers) has won one of the most important worldwide dance prizes, the Benois de la Danse Award in Moscow.