ACCRORAP COMPANY - KADER ATTOU
KADER ATTOU, Artistic director , dancer and choreographer
From the early days as a collective of dancers to the emergence of singular choreographers, meeting new people and sharing has always been at the heart of Kader Attou's projects. Outside his creations, there were also travels to Palestine, Brazil, Algeria, Cuba... This openness vastly inspired his work, drawing him towards varied artistic movements and encounters.
The Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle / Poitou-Charentes is supported by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - DRAC Poitou-Charentes, Conseil régional of Poitou-Charentes, Ville de La Rochelle, and by the Institut français when touring abroad.
Artistic director and Choreographer : Kader Attou
Cast : Babacar "Bouba" Cissé, Bruce Chiefare, Virgile Dagneaux, Erwan Godard, Mabrouk Gouicem, Adrien Goulinet, Kevin Mischel, Artem Orlov, Mehdi Ouachek, Nabil Ouelhadj, Maxime Vicente
Scenography : Olivier Borne
Original sound creation : Régis Baillet - Diaphane, along with additional music
Lights: Fabrice Crouzet
Costumes designer: Nadia Genez
Length : 1h30
Piece for 11 dancers
« Over twenty years, my dance approach has been sculpted from the grinding and blending of various aesthetics - hip hop, Indian kathak, contemporary dance. I believe the key in this process is to build bridges, create links and some sort of dialogue beyond / through difference. This search has lead me to try and distinguish what transpires from body as opposed to emotion. How - from a specific technique, a mechanical gesture, a simple hint - with virtuosity such a feeling is born. This questioning is a founding feature of The Roots. 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, Beethoven, 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