Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker

01 to 04 August

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

Artistic director: Deborah Colker
Choreography: Dog without Feathers (German premiere)

1-3 August, 8:00 pm, Hafen 1
4 August, 6:00 pm, Hafen 1

Introduction to the work on 1 August, 7:15 pm, Hafen 1 foyer

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes


Dog without Feathers (German premiere)

"Dog Without Feathers", Deborah Colker's latest work, is inspired by the eponymous poem written by Brazilian poet and diplomat João Cabral and first published in Spanish in 1950. It deals with the extraordinary landscapes of Pernambuco, the Capibaribe River that flows through this territory, and the people who live in barely-tolerable conditions on the alluvial land surrounding the river. Sand, mud, water, and mangrove forests characterize the stark beauty of the landscape. The story is about the dreams and suffering of the local people. It is also a reminder of the devastating collapse of a dam earlier this year in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The scenery is dominated by a big-screen video projection showing the magnificent landscapes that inspired both the poet and the choreographer.


Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker started out with the presentation of the choreography "Vulcão" at the Rio de Janeiro Opera in 1994. In 1995, the company moved into its own space in Rio de Janeiro. This is where choreographies are developed and training and social work take place. Companhia de Dança has been performing the acclaimed works of its artistic director around the world since 1994. Colker has established an international career, which was honoured in 2001 with the Laurence Olivier Award, the most important British prize in the performing arts. Following performances in 2005 and 2009, Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker is appearing in Wolfsburg for the third time.

Choreographer and artistic director

Deborah Colker is one of the most versatile and knowledgeable of the Brazilian star choreographers. She regards her work as an extension of boundaries, be it the physical boundaries as actors, or the limitations set by genres and expectations. Colker studied psychology, played professional volleyball, and became a widely-acclaimed concert pianist. She started her dance career in 1980 and worked as a choreographer, teacher and dancer with Grupo Coringa. During her time as a ballet master, she continuously gained experience working in more than 30 pieces with the leading Brazilian artists. Establishing her own dance company in 1994 was a logical step in her career. In the meantime, she has created ten full-length dance pieces for Companhia de Dança. She also worked for Cirque de Soleil, where her production of "Ovo", a journey into the world of insects, has been staged in America and Europe since 2009. She was responsible for choreographing the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. She won the Prix Benois, one of the dance world's most important awards, for her choreography "Dog without Feathers".