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The Roots

The Roots
The Roots
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (no intermission)
  • 06 oct 2016, 19:00
Compagnie Accrorap
La Rochelle, France

Premiere – January, 2013

First and foremost, The Roots is a human adventure, a journey enacted by eleven exceptional hip-hop dancers. Chapter after chapter, the actual performance transforms, opens up new horizons and brings the spectator elsewhere. This universe consists of ordinary settings, a table, a crackling vinyl record on a turntable, childhood memories.. Music plays a crucial part, stirring and calling for the unity of dancers. Brahms, Glazounov, electro music... all these melodies open doors to a dancing mankind.
This creation digs into one’s history, each dancer with their strengths and their own path. Starting from their unique style honed over the years, I initiate a journey from the roots towards bodies’ memory. The Roots represent the rewards of this quest: drawing from the generosity of this dance in order to discover new paths.
                                                                                                          Kader Attou

Artistic director and choreographer Kader Attou
Scenography Olivier Borne
Creation of the original painting Ludmila Volf
Original sound creation Régis Baillet – Diaphane, along with additional music
Lights Fabrice Crouzet
Costumes designer Nadia Genez

Cast: Babacar «Bouba» Cissé, Bruce Chiefare, Virgile Dagneaux, Erwan Godard, Mabrouk Gouicem, Adrien Goulinet, Kevin Mischel, Artem Orlov, Mehdi Ouachek, Nabil Ouelhadj, Maxime Vicente

Compagnie Accrorap

Kader Attou, Eric Mezino, Chaouki Saïd, Mourad Merzouki and Lionel Fredoc founded the Accrorap company at Saint-Priest in 1989, with the aim of writing new work based on ‘acrobatics and street dance’.

From the association of artistes of those early days to the emergence of unique choreographers, the chief characteristic of Accrorap’s work has been its open-mindedness: open to the world through journeys conceived as a succession of moments shared with other cultures, open to other artistic forms and to other artistic movements.

Kader Attou
Kader Attou

Artistic director, dancer and choreographer of Compagnie Accrorap.
Today’s hip-hop movement and dance creation is exporting the image of French culture around the world. Kader Attou is one of the main representatives of this French hip-hop movement and Compagnie Accrorap is emblematic of this energy.

Combining cultures blending and humanistic engagement, Kader Attou creates a unique dance style, kept abreast. Exploring, exchanging and sharing, all have an important part in his creative inspiration.
To come up with his unique style, he has developed an alchemy of hip hop, circus, contemporary dance, and graphic arts.
In September 2008, he was named Director of the Centre Chorégraphique National in La Rochelle.