Kader Attou - Compagnie Accrorap flying high in Attou's The Roots. Photo by João Garcia, Courtesy Richard Kornberg & Associates

Je Ne Sais Quoi at the Joyce

The coming weeks see not one, but two companies that can best be described as French cultural mash-ups landing at New York City's Joyce Theater.

Kader Attou - Compagnie Accrorap

In The Roots' surreal world, a cast of 11 dancers pose quizzical tests for each other. Choreographer Kader Attou borrows from hip hop, mime, circus arts and contemporary dance to create a bleak-but-funny, anything-can-happen dreamscape. Jan. 23–28.

Compagnie Hervé Koubi

In What the Day Owes to the Night, French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi sends his dancers on a fiercely physical yet lyrical journey. A tapestry of capoeira, backflips, spiritual yearning and endless headspins creates a tribal, communal feeling. Jan. 30–Feb. 4.

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With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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