Theatre: Dog Without Feathers, Southbank Centre

This summer will see the Southbank Centre welcome the Deborah Colker Dance Company to its venue for their award-winning production Dog Without Feathers.

Six years after their last sold out show in the UK, the company returns to London for four nights in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the UK premiere of their acclaimed latest work.

Inspired by the poem Cão Sem Plumas by Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto, the show uses movement to explore the mythology and influence of North East Brazil’s Capibaribe River, staging the mud, the mangroves, the beauty, the vulnerability of the river and those who live along its banks amid the growing disregard for the environment.

Dog Without Feathers blends classical, contemporary and ritual dance, music, poetry and film by Claúdio Assis to create a striking vision of Brazil.

Rupert Thomson, senior programmer for performance and dance at the Southbank Centre, said: “It’s so exciting to see the best artists break new ground and that’s exactly what audiences will have the opportunity to see this summer at Southbank Centre with our wide ranging dance programme.

“We’re especially proud to announce Deborah Colker as our new artist in residence and present Dog Without Feathers’ premiere performance.”

Dog Without Feathers, which won the international Prix Benois de la Danse 2018, is a new direction for Colker, who choreographed the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games.

Dog Without Feathers; Southbank Centre; May 7-10.

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