Joyce Theater

“A Brazilian revolution” (San Francisco Chronicle), Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker makes a long-awaited return with Cão Sem Plumas (Dog Without Feathers), an evocative performance inspired by João Cabral de Melo Neto’s poem of the same name. Winner of the international Prix Benois de la Danse, the work explores the Capibaribe River region in Northeast Brazil and the dry land and riverbed dwellers that water sustains. In a powerful blend of contemporary dance, poetry and film, Colker meditates on inequity and resilience as she attempts to dissolve the moving body, covered in dust, into liquid.

Inspired by João Cabral de Melo Neto's poem “O Cão Sem Plumas”, a radical look at the social inequality in Recife, Brazil, choreographer Deborah Colker immersed herself in the poet’s imagined landscapes. After spending weeks along the banks of the Capibaribe River in Brazil with her collaborators, capturing film footage of traditional dances and speaking to the locals, Colker created a piece which truthfully speaks to the unimaginable aspects of the human condition. “The show is about inconceivable things…a challenge to human ignorance,” Colker says. “It is my most explicitly Brazilian work. My history is a history of mixtures. Cão Sem Plumas (Dog Without Feathers) includes the elegance of the classical, the mud of the roots, and a contemporary vision.”

Curtain Chat: Wed, Feb 5

Master Class: Fri, Feb 7


Funding Credits

Underwriting support for The Joyce’s presentation of Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker provided by Amit Wadhwaney. Special support provided by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York. Support for The Joyce’s presentation of international dance provided by the R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance.


Ticket Prices

Tickets start at $10!

Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission. Late seating will be at the discretion of house management and latecomers are not guaranteed they will be seated in their purchased seats.

February 4—9 The Joyce in Chelsea

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker

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