The Roots


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, 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
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
Production: CCN de La Rochelle / Poitou-Charentes, Kader Attou / cie Accrorap
Co-producers: La Coursive - Scène Nationale de La Rochelle / MA Scène Nationale - Pays de Montbéliard with the support of Châteauvallon, Scène Nationale during creation residencies
Zaal: grote zaal
Beschikbaar: februari 2022 en februari 2023
Bijzonderheden: balletvloer nodig
Garantiesom: in overleg (geen AR, de BTW is verlegd)
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