As promised, this #videodasemana is different and special: we analyzed what had to dance at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which had choreography by Deborah Colker and dancers from the company that bears her name.
First: what was that opening, guys? It was very exciting, full of special effects and hitting the key of that little thing that we keep talking about here: inclusion and empowerment. In choreography, this was represented by popular dances from various regions of the country – there were samba, maracatu, funk, passinho…
Deborah Colker’s choreography was also varied: she who ‘led’ 1500 people on stage in some moments of scenography, and in others, professional dancers and acrobats in more specific parts, in which special effects were worked on.
One of them was parkour: the dancers were presented with the illusion, in 3D, of buildings rising on the Maracanã soil. Everything was so well rehearsed that we really swore that people jumped from building to building, and not that they, in reality, did not see the projections. That Deborah herself commented in an interview with SporTV this morning.
“I worked with acrobatics and, with parkour, I had to make people believe in the projections of the buildings, which were fake. We had to study the space, and then we experienced it live from what the projection would be, seeing the moment of rise and fall of the buildings. And there’s a hell of a bunch of acrobatics, jumping, parkour… After the buildings go up, when they go to the ‘hill’, in fact there are 72 boxes and 32 people doing parkour. So I created parkour routes to get to places. I didn’t have enough rehearsals, so I had to be pre-prepared ”, he explained.
Those who know the work of Deborah Colker saw several scenes at the opening ceremony. “VeRo”, from the wheel, “Velox”, from the walls, and “Casa”, from indoor environments. This was all mixed, as I said, with popular styles, like the funky carioquíssimo. The mixture of colors and lights gave a very special face to the dance.
To finish with content, we leave to Deborah the summary of the work! “I always said that we were building a show, which would be at Maracanã itself, for thousands of people, but that it would also be televised by 60 cameras. And the organization of these trials was complicated! We had scenes with 1500 people. And I love precision, I’m a perfectionist. I am like the sports people, I love to compete and I love to win ”, he told SporTV. Nice job!!!
Attention: the video below is a rehearsal. The blog has no right to reproduce moving images of the Olympics, unfortunately! I preferred to put an essay to compile images, as many press outlets did.
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