The Kennedy Center Something New Series Presents
The Deborah Colker Dance
February 6-7: CASA, spotlights body architecture in the domestic context of a split-house, while the movement material is derived from universally familiar activities.
February 10-11: ROTA,the dominant figure is a 22-foot high, 1.5 ton wheel framed by ladders.
ColkerÆs modern dance works are results of aesthetic questioning. Her choreography marries multi-disciplinary physical audacity with high-concept design. In Rota, the dominant figure is a 22-foot high, 1.5 ton wheel framed by ladders. Her latest show, Casa û premiering in the US here at the Kennedy Center û spotlights body architecture in the domestic context of a split-house, while the movement material is derived from universally familiar activities. [Petrobras is the regular sponsor of the Deborah Colker Dance Company; This performance is sponsored in part by the Brazilian Government.]
About the Company
Deborah Colker established her dance company in 1994. In 1996, the company was fitted with a stage, storage rooms for costumes and props, building shop in downtown Rio de Janeiro. This space was made possible with the support of its exclusive sponsor, Petrobras, a Brazilian oil company. It is a space for the development of new dancers, but also the place where Deborah Colker and her group test their limits.
Casa: 1999 (World premiere, February 6-8)
Casa is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by the choreographer Deborah Colker. Casa is a piece where Colker focuses on one theme and location during one single act. Deborah works with a constant motif û daily life and its banality, and the architecture of movement. She utilizes the structure of a house to discuss aesthetics and to talk about the sense of beauty.
Rota: 1997 (February 9-11)
ôRota are lines, circles, and maps. The occupation and exploration of space. In the four movements of the first act (Allegro, Ostinato, Vigoroso, and Presto) I use the classical ballet vocabulary, playing with everyday gestures and movements. The second act is divided into two movements: Gravity and Wheel. The first one came from the atmosphere that surrounds astronauts; the second was inspired by entertainment parks and the earthÆs rotation. Rota is motion in search of entertainment, joy and movement.ö Deborah Colker.
Quotes from the Critics
ôHer choreography marries multi-disciplinary physical daring with high-concept design. Velox features a huge and colorful climbing wall rigged with stepping treads. In Rota the dominant image is of a 22 foot-high, 1.5 ton wheel framed by ladders. Casa spotlights body architecture in the context of domesticity. The cunning set represents a split-level house, while the movement material is derived from universally familiar activities.ö
Donald Hutera, Dance Magazine
ôThe earnestness without exhibitionism and the subtle emotions are factors which define Colkeràsurprising images full of poetry. All is done with perfectionàColker enables her extraordinary dancers to draw out fun from riskàö
Silvia Gsell, La Nacion.
ôDeborah stands out as the most successful Brazilian choreographer from last decadeÆs generation, proving that it is possible to captivate the audiences as well as to provide a work of undeniable consistencyàö
Ana Francisca Ponzio, Revista Bravo
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