Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou: “The Roots”

Posted on Feb 1 by SEASONS Magazine

The Roots, photo by João Garcia.

The Roots, photo by João Garcia.


Combining hip-hop street moves with Indian kathak and contemporary dance, French-born Algerian choreographer Kader Attou brings his unique fusion to Santa Barbara. UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou performing The Roots on Tuesday, February 6, at 8 p.m. at The Granada Theater, 1214 State St.

Founded by Attou, Eric Mezino, Chaouki Saïd and Lionel Frédoc in 1989, Compagnie Accrorap aims to break barriers and cross borders that no one may think possible. By blending the contrasting dance styles of hip hop, circus arts, and contemporary dance, the French dance troupe exceeds the boundaries of dance in a delightful and exciting way.

Attou’s major influence in hip hop dance goes beyond the stage. In 2008, he was the first hip hop choreographer to lead a renowned dance institution when he was named Director of the National Centre for Choreography in La Rochelle and the du Poitou-Charentes region. He has been described by The New York Times as “one of France’s best-known hip hop dance artists,” and he is praised for his impressive fusion of “hip hop’s pyrotechnics with contemporary dance elements.”

The Roots, photo by João Garcia.

The Roots, photo by João Garcia.

The Roots is an introspective look into this signature style Attou has curated and represents the heart of hip hop dance. Don’t miss it!

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—Ashley Killion



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