Brazilian Director Deborah Colker began training in dance in 1979, when she was a dancer in the Coringa group of Uruguayan Graciela Figeuroa for 8 years, one of the precursors of contemporary dance in Brazil. In 1994, she founded her critically acclaimed dance company, the Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker, which has travelled to more than 50 countries around the world. In 2001, Deborah won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. She was the first woman to create a show for Cirque du Soleil, Ovo, and was the Director of Movement for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. In 2018, she won the Prix Benois de la Danse for Cão Sem Plumas.