Brazilian Choreographer Deborah Colker announced as Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre

In partnership with People’s Palace Projects, the acclaimed artist brings her company back to London after six years to perform the UK Premiere of her award-winning latest show Dog Without Feathers exclusively at the Southbank Centre from 7th to 10th May 2019.

Mud has never looked as dazzling … The dance is anchored to Colker’s fascination with the rugged landscape. Her work is a poem itself, in which images and metaphors flow together in a dreamlike state. … The dancers, as we’ve come to expect from Colker’s past visits, are extraordinarily beguiling, with an elastic, rubbery grace ****Washington Post

Brazil’s Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker accentuates the beauty and versatility of the human body like no other dance company I know. Colker’s highly athletic choreography, seen widely in Cirque De Soleil’s Ovo and the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, is demanding. Thanks to the company’s strong dancers, the challenging choreography appears effortless. I’ve rarely seen dancers so in tune with the music and each other. Colker’s uncompromising artistic vision must fuel their perfection. You cannot leave a performance of this company unimpressed. ****Critical Dance

I will not soon forget Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker, the Brazilian group performing its original piece Dog Without Feathers at the Kennedy Center. Neither will you. ****Brightest Young Things


Six years after their last sold-out show in the UK, Deborah Colker Dance Company returns to London for four nights in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the UK premiere of their acclaimed latest work Dog Without Feathers – winner of the international Prix Benois de la Danse 2018. Inspired by the poem ‘Cão sem Plumas’ by Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto, the 70-minute show uses movement, music and film to explore the mythology and influence of North East Brazil’s Capibaribe River, staging the mud, the mangroves, the beauty, and the vulnerability of the river and those who live along its banks amidst a growing disregard for the environment. Dog Without Feathers blends classical, contemporary and ritual dance, a magnificent score, poetry and spectacular film by Claúdio Assis to create a striking vision of Brazil.

About the company

“the superb Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker” – Washington Post

Deborah Colker Dance Company was founded in 1994 by internationally recognized Brazilian dancer and choreographer Deborah Colker, and quickly established a reputation on the international touring circuit with a repertoire of physically daring work combined with breathtaking set design and visuals. The company’s body of work, seen on five continents, includes Vulcão (Volcano), Velox, Rota, Vasos (Vases), Nó (Knot) and Cruel. In 2001, with Mix, Colker won a Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Dance’, the first Latin American and still the only Brazilian artist ever to win. She created Ovo for Cirque du Soleil in 2009, and was also the movement director for the Opening Ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016. Deborah Colker was awarded the Prix Benois De La Danse in Moscow in 2018 for Dog Without Feathers. These four performances at Southbank Centre are the only opportunity to see the company in the UK in 2019.