The Joyce presents KADER ATTOU

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) is thrilled to present the Joyce debut of France's Kader Attou - Compagnie Accrorap, based in La Rochelle, performing the U.S. premiere of Artistic Director Kader Attou's THE ROOTS, from January 23-28. Tickets, ranging in price from $10-$46, can be purchased at, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1989 by Kader Attou, Eric Mezino, Chaouki Saïd, Mourad Merzouki, and Lionel Frédoc, Kader Atthou - Compagnie Accrorap combines hip-hop, circus arts, contemporary dance, and visual arts to create acclaimed unique works. Mr. Attou's THE ROOTS, which will have its long-awaited U.S. premiere during the company's Joyce debut engagement, combines spectacle and poetry with nostalgia and innovation. The piece, performed by a cast of 11 male dancers, aims to celebrate hip-hop in all its splendor by highlighting the inventiveness of a dance style that originated in the streets of New York and has become a world-wide phenomenon. Set to original sound creation by Régis Baillet and Diaphane along with additional music, this exhilarating work explores breakdance from a French-Algerian perspective.

Kader Attou (Artistic Director, Dancer, and Choreographer ) Today's hip-hop movements export the image of French culture around the world. Kader Attou is proud to belong to this new dance scene. He is one of the main representatives of the French hip-hop movement and Compagnie Accrorap is emblematic of this movement's energy. By combining cultures and blending humanistic engagement, Attou creates a unique dance style. Exploring, exchanging and sharing, all have an important part in his creative inspiration. From local to international theaters, Attou's performances travel around the world. As a "dance smuggler" and world citizen, his projects spread across diverse territories. To come up with his unique style, Kader Attou has developed an alchemy of hip-hop, circus, contemporary dance, and graphic arts. In September 2008, Kader Attou was named Director of the Centre Chorégraphique National in La Rochelle.

The Joyce Theater Foundation ("The Joyce," Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a nonprofit organization, has proudly served the dance community for over three decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and The Joyce renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opening as The Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dance and has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 400 U.S.-based and international companies. The Joyce has also presented dance at Lincoln Center since 2012, and launched Joyce Unleashed in 2014 to feature emerging and experimental artists. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commissioning and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K-12th grade) benefit from its school program, and family and adult audiences get closer to dance with access to artists. The Joyce's annual season of about 48 weeks of dance now includes over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 150,000.

The Joyce Theater's presentation of Kader Attou - Compagnie Accrorap's THE ROOTS will be January 23-28 at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street) according to the following schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm. There will be a post-performance Curtain Chat with Kader Attou - Compagnie Accrorap on Wednesday, January 24, which is open to all patrons attending that evening's performance. The Joyce Theater School & Family Programs will host a Family Matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday, January 28. Tickets range in price from $10-$46 and can be purchased at, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit

Lead support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been received from LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

Underwriting support for The Joyce's presentation of Kader Attou-Compagnie Accrorap provided by Kerry Clayton and Paige Royer. Support for The Joyce's presentation of international dance provided by the R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance. Additional support has been provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund to encourage the performances of out-of-town companies at The Joyce Theater.

The Joyce Theater's Dance Presentation Program is supported by a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts; made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson.

Major support for The Joyce has been provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Pasculano Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, and Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

International transportation for Kader Attou - Compagnie Accrorap is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United State.