When Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker came to the Kennedy Center in 2003, it was just another Brazilian modern dance company. Now, upon its return, it’s known as the company headed by the writer, director, and choreographer of Cirque du Soleil’s OVO show—an opportunity bestowed upon Colker after she and her troupe wowed Cirque’s vice president for creation during a 2006 performance in London. Colker, the Rio-born daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, was a ballet dancer as a child but abandoned the discipline for piano and volleyball. She returned to dance in college and with her company became known for performances incorporating classical and contemporary moves on climbing walls and table-top acrobatic gyrations. It’ll be the most impressive table-dancing you’ll see all week. I mean, probably.
COMPANHIA DE DANÇA DEBORAH COLKER PERFORMS AT THE KENNEDY CENTER EISENHOWER THEATER, 2700 F ST. NW. $22-$60. (202) 467-4600.