20th Cyprus Contemporary Dance - France

20th Cyprus Contemporary Dance - France

Centre Chorégraphique National de la Rochelle / Cie Accrorap - The Roots


Once more, France participates at the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival, with the performance The Roots by Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle. The performance is an ode to a brilliant 30-year-old story: the hip-hop. The Roots is first and foremost a human adventure, a journey. Eleven outstanding dancers are the performers of this adventure. Music plays a major and meaningful role: with Brahms, Glazunov, and mainly electronic music, it opens its doors to a dancing humanity. The piece draws upon everyone’s story: the story of every dancer, with both their wealth and distinctiveness.

Artistic director and choreographer: Kader Attou 

The eleven dancers that are the bearers of The Roots, together with the choreographer, form a sort of chorus from which individuals emerge, each one as interesting as the next one, as each of them has his own style, his own physique and his own technical specificities. The Roots is a dance for tomorrow, where relationships between men (the show is all masculine) find a new way of being together without harming each other and, if possible, with enjoyment.

Today’s hip hop creative works convey an image of French culture throughout the world. Kader Attou, Director of the CCN of La Rochelle and artistic director/dancer/choreographer of the Accrorap dance company, can claim to be an integral part of this new dance scene. He has enriched and re-tuned his dance through the alchemy of hip hop, circus arts, contemporary dance and visual arts. From the local to the international scene, his works have travelled around the world.  His works include: Les corps étrangers (2006), Petites (2008), Trio (?) (2010), SymfoniaPiésniZałosnych (2010), The Roots (2013) Un break à Mozart (2014), OPUS 14 (2014) and Un break à Mozart 1.1 (2016). 

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 

Creation of the original painting: Ludmila Volf 

Original sound creation : Régis Baillet - Diaphane, along with additional music 

Lighting: Fabrice Crouzet 

Costume design: 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 Centre National de Création et de Diffusion Culturelles 


The Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle et du Poitou-Charentes /Cie Accrorap - Direction Kader Attou is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication - Regional District DRAC Aquitaine - Limousin - Poitou-Charentes, the Regional Council of Nouvelle - Aquitaine, the Municipality of La Rochelle and the Institut Français for several international tours within the framework of exchange programmes.


Organizers: Ministry of Education and Culture & Rialto Theatre, in collaboration with the Embassies and Cultural Centers of the participating countries

Collaboration: Pafos 2017 - Cultural Capital of Europe 

Supported by: Municipality of Limassol, Nicosia Municipality, Event Pro

Media Sponsors: O Fileleftheros, The Cyprus Weekly, MegaOne

Entrance: € 5 (Free admission for pupils, students, soldiers, pensioners and dance professionals)

Duration: 90'