THE COMPANY
PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE
VULCÃO (1994)
VELOX (1995)
MIX (1996)
ROTA (1997)
CASA (1999)
4 POR 4 (2002)
NÓ (2005)
DÍNAMO (2006)
CRUEL (2008)
TATYANA (2011)
BELLE (2014)
VERO (2016)
CÃO SEM PLUMAS (2017)

In 1994, Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker went on stage for the first time in the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater, one of the most important in the country, sharing the night with Momix,  Moses Pendleton’s renowned cult group. It was the inaugural edition of the show O Globo em Movimento (The Globe in Movement) referring to the Brazilian dance panorama, and Vulcão, the opening number, justifying the name.

                                 

The great explosion, however, happened the following year with Velox, which in six months attracted 55,000 spectators, a phenomenon that gave the company early stability. In 1996, just two years after its foundation, Cia Deborah Colker was given exclusive sponsorship by Petrobras and occupied its own studio. That same year, the company had its first world premiere  in a foreign land. Staged especially for the prestigious Lyon Dance Biennial, Mix launched the Rio company internationally, and five years later it received the stamp of excellence when the Society of London Theatre awarded it the 2001 Laurence Olivier Award in the category "Outstanding Achievement in Dance", an honor never before awarded 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.  

 

With eleven shows in their baggage and seven in her repertory over the years, the Rio choreographer and her company were headlined in influential periodicals such as the Evening Standard, Metro, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Stage, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Times and Time Out (UK); Danse Conservatoire and Le Figaro (France); Der Tagesspiel, Die Rheinpfalz, Koegler Journal, Thüringer Allgemeine, TLZ | Thüringische Lansdeszeitung (Germany); The Kurrier and Tiroler Tageszeitung (Austria); New York Times and Washington Post (USA) and La Nación (Argentina).

 

International recognition also prompted invitations to develop projects outside Brazil, as in the case

of Maracanã, especially commissioned by FIFA for the 2006 World Cup (and later incorporated into the company’s repertoire under the title Dinamo), and Ovo, in 2009, when Colker collaborated with the

Cirque du Soleil. Foreign ballet companies showed their interest by performing parts of the Brazilian company’s repertoire – such as the Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin, which in November 2014 premiered, under the direction of Deborah Colker herself, her staging of Nó.

AWARDS

 

JORNAL O GLOBO
The best 1995 dance – VELOX
 
JORNAL DO BRASIL
The best 1995 dance – VELOX
 
JORNAL O GLOBO
Best of 1997 dance performance – ROTA
 
PRÊMIO MINISTÉRIO DA CULTURA
Trophy Mambembe 1997 – ROTA
 
JORNAL DO BRASIL
Best dance shows 1999 – CASA
 
PRÊMIO RIO DANÇA 1999
Best costume design, set design and lighting – CASA
 
LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS 2001 (Grã-Bretanha)
Choreography of the show – MIX
BENOIS DE LA DANSE 2018 (Russia)
Best choreography of the show – CÃO SEM PLUMAS

 

 

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker is sponsored by the Brazilian State Oil Company – Petrobras.

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