Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker – 2004

Deborah Colker 2004

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Choreography: Deborah ColkerFurther Info: Rota is the work with which Companhia de Dance Deborah Colker made its 1999 London debut.

The two-act dance spectacular has been a hit wherever it's played world-wide. In the first act an engaging ensemble of dancers (including Colker herself) work, fight, play, sleep and scratch their way through a breezy blend of classically pitched movement wittily overlaid with everyday gestures.Behaving like wiry, wired adolescents on a merry spree, this extrovert community breathes fresh kinetic air into the mechanics of daily existence.

What the press say . . . “Fifteen of the most handsome, well-drilled and disciplined performers you could ever hope to lay eyes on… Just when you think you’ve seen every move the dancers have in them, they surprise you.” Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post, February 2001

The second half, dreamily paced and kaleidoscopically pretty, was inspired by the Colker family's unforgettable holiday in Disney World. The dancers come across like da Vinci-style astronauts who might've run off to join some celestial-infernal circus. The dominant image is a 22-foot wheel, framed by ladders and as reminiscent of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey as a fairground amusement.

While Colker can hardly claim to have invented the wheel, she amply demonstrates just how inventive she can be with one. Her sexy, gravity-defying troupe scramble and spin round the gigantic object with supple, seductive, ease. By the time the performance reaches its giddy finale the dancers having transformed themselves from happy, muscular hamsters into human carousel cars and the audience is delirious with delight. It's all set to a channel-surfing soundtrack in which Mozart rubs shoulders with The Chemical Brothers and Strauss is the flipside of Tangerine Dream. Rota, in short, could send you to visual and aural heaven. Donald Hutera

'Rota are lines, circles, 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 earth's rotation. Rota is a motion in search of entertainment, joy and movement. ' Deborah Colker