Graphical beauty and deep meaning.
La scène

Upside down they explore the limits of gravitation: 16 dancers of the group Accrorap. On a three-dimensional painting, formations and dreamlike images full of speed, intoxication and energy emerge. The bodies osmotically liquefy in a common structure, to then organically dissolve again. Complex tableaux arise, unalterable snapshots: trios jointly seek ways to come to a halt. Like a big river, the music grips everyone, leads them to duets, lets them tow as if they were in a huge ocean. Or is it a desert? One person horizontally revolves his body in space – on one hand, endlessly. In OPUS 14, perfectly structured technique meets power and devotion. Even the tiniest turn creates tension, and formations mirroring each other give rise to fragility and poetry.

Kader Attou, a Frenchman of Algerian descent, belongs to the masterminds of the new French hip-hop scene. He mixes street dance with contemporary styles and graphical literature. In 1989 he founded his company Accrorap in Lyon and has been directing the choreographic centre of La Rochelle since 2008. He grasps his work as “a tribute to the weakest – and an ode to dancing humankind”.

Artistic direction, choreography: Kader Attou
Assistence choreography: Mehdi Ouachek, Nabil Ouelhadj
Dance: Mickaël Arnaud, Sim’Hamed, Benhalima, Damien Bourletsis, Amine Boussa, Sarah Bouyahyaoui, Bruce Chiefare,
Babacar “Bouba” Cissé, Virgile Dagneaux, Erwan Godard, Nicolas Majou, Kevin Mischel, Jackson Ntcham, Artem Orlov, Mehdi Ouachek, Nabil Ouelhadj, Soria Rem
Original sound creation (composition): Régis Baillet – Diaphane
Stage set: Olivier Borne
Creation of the original painting: Ludmila Volf
Light: Denis Chapellon
Constume design: Nadia Genez
Production: Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle / Poitou-Charentes, Cie Accrorap, director Kader Attou
Co-production: Biennale de la danse de Lyon, La Coursive, Scène Nationale de La Rochelle, Les Gémeaux, Scène Nationale de Sceaux, MA, Scène Nationale Pays de Montbéliard, Châteauvallon-Scène Nationale, Le Centre Chorégraphique National de La Rochelle / Poitou-Charentes, is supported by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC, Poitou-Charentes, le Conseil régional of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, la Ville de La Rochelle and by the Institut français – Cabinet for foreign affairs, when touring abroad.

With the kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication / DGCA and in the frame of Frankfurt auf Französisch – Frankreich Ehrengast der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017.