Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker didn't take the usual route to dance, but her detours are what make Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker all the more intriguing. Incorporating her athleticism (volleyball), years of studying piano, and a psychology degree with a different way of looking at things, Colker assembled a troupe of dancers able to execute her singular vision of the world. MIX, now on its way to Jones Hall as the season opener for the Society for the Performing Arts, has become almost iconic, especially in its ''Mountaineering'' segment when dancers ''defy gravity,'' as Colker puts it, while pressed against a brightly colored climbing wall.
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The entire work, which has traveled the world and which won London's prestigious Lawrence Olivier Award in 2001 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, is composed of seven movements (including Machines, Fashion Show and Passion). Colker was also the first woman to direct for Cirque du Soleil (OVO in 2009) and choreographs for Rio's famed annual festival, Carnival. She keeps revising MIX, over the protests of her dancers, she says. ''My mind has been changing. I cleaned some moments. I did make some changes. It’s impossible not to put my hand on it. I want to make it better and better.''
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