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Deborah Colker

Session 4 | Power of Identity
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Deborah Colker | Speaker

Deborah Colker Dance Company (Brazil)


It was not merely by chance that restlessness and a love of cultural diversity became features of Deborah Colker’s work. Raised in the solitude of classic piano study and the excitement of a collective sport – volleyball, the Rio born choreographer was initiated into contemporary dance by Uruguayan Graciela Figueiroa and her group Coringa, famous in Rio de Janeiro in the 1980s. In 1994 she created the Deborah Colker Dance Company, now known worldwide. Widely recognized among international critics, the excellence of her work as a choreographer was rewarded in 2001 with the Laurence Olivier Award in the category “Outstanding Achievement in Dance".

Five years later, this brought an invitation from FIFA to create the only dance performance to figure in the cultural activities connected to the 2006 World Cup in Germany –Maracanã – incorporated later into the Cia Deborah Colker repertoire under the title of Dinamo. In 2009, she choreographed the new show for the Cirque de Soleil – Ovo, an entertaining voyage into the world of insects. In 2016, one of the greatest honours, Deborah´s choreography opened the Rio 2016 Olympics in a visual feast, representing the energy of the Brazilian people and also including iconic elements from her productions such as Vero, Velox, Mix, Rota and Knot.

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