Dog Without Feathers is an evening-length work for fourteen dancers. Based on the poem Cão Sem Plumas by the Brazilian writer João Cabral de Melo Neto, it is the first of Colker’s creations to be explicitly Brazil-flavoured.
This poem, which was published in 1950, reflects upon the beautiful yet impoverished Capibaribe River region in Brazil. Here, tension mounts as the inequalities of Brazilian life come to a head.
The poignant poem speaks of our reliance upon, and disregard for, the natural world and the dehumanisation people in poverty face when the privileged refuse to acknowledge their suffering. Hence, the expression 'dog without feathers' seems to define situations of complete destitution and hopelessness.
Deborah Colker Dance Company’s production enlists a synthesis of dance, ballet and cinema to portray the rhythms of the people that reside by, and rely on, the river.
The dancers perform a heady mix of classical, contemporary, popular and ritual forms of dance. In a nod to the landscapes the poem describes, they wear mud-coloured bodysuits.
Video projections by the critically acclaimed filmmaker Cláudio Assis, filmed when the company visited the region for a month, accompany the live action.
Colker was catapulted onto the world stage when she choreographed the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, her birthplace. Before this high-profile role as a movement director, she had also won international acclaim for her choreography of Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo.
Colker’s work is renowned across the world for the skill and concentration it demands of her dancers. Her movement style combines grace and precision with daring acrobatics and athleticism.
|What||Deborah Colker Dance Company, Dog Without Feathers, QEH|
|Where||Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
07 May 19 – 10 May 19, 19:30 Dur.: 70 mins
|Website||Click here to book via the Southbank Centre|