La Ribot

Born in Madrid, La Ribot lives and works in Geneva. Starting during the winds of liberated Spain in the 1980s, La Ribot’s practice has had a profound affect on current views of contemporary dance. Borrowing freely from the vocabularies of theatre, visual arts, performance and film, her work highlights the friction points between these disciplines. For her, dancing is the starting point for multiple experiments rooted in the language of the body. It is also a place of negotiation between, and frequently changes our view of, the different contexts in which the body finds itself whether it be in a gallery or museum, on the stage, or on film.
– Marcella Lista, writer/ curator

La Ribot’s live performances have been presented at Tate Modern (London), Theatre de Ville, Centre Pompidou & Festival D’Automne (Paris), Reina Sofia Museum & Soledad Lorenzo Gallery (Madrid), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, Japan), Fondation Serralves (Porto), Art Unlimited - Art Basel, the S.M.A.K. (Gant), Panorama Festival, (Rio de Janeiro), MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City).

Her video works are part of collections at Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), le Centre Pompidou (Paris), le Centre National des Arts Plastiques-CNAP (Paris) MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León) the Artium (Centro-Museo de arte contemporáneo vasco), the FRAC (Regional Fund for Contemporary Art) Lorraine, La Panera (Lleida), the Fundación Cajasol (Seville) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid).

She has also received numerous awards throughout her career including the National Dance Award from the Department of Spanish culture in 2000 and in 2015 was decorated with the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts in Spain.

"Has there ever been such a warmly dead-pan or self-mocking enterprising performer as La Ribot?" 
– Donald Hutera, The Times 

"La Ribot's metaphors are clever as well as enigmatic, throwing new light upon the connection between production and perception in art"
– Gerald Siegmund, Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung

During Summer 2017 La Ribot showed a range of live performances and films as part of a major retrospective in Berlin, presented by Tanz Im August with HAU Hebbel am Ufer.  

Occuppatiooon! included works made between 1993 and 2017 at various spaces across the city: from her six-hour performance Laughing Hole (2006) and Panoramix a selection of her celebrated Distinguished Pieces (1993–2003) at Sophiensalle to Gustavia (2008), her duet with Mathilde Monnier and her most recent piece Another Distinguée (2016) at HAU 1.

Her remarkable film Mariachi 17 (2009) was presented in HAU 3 whilst an exhibition of video works from 2002–2014 ran for a month at the Barbara Weiss Gallery.

Throughout Autumn/Winter 2017, La Ribot will continue to present a range of her live performances and video works across France, Spain and Switzerland.   

Upcoming live performances:

29 September 2017
Distinguished Hits (1991-2000)Part of  PerformanceProcess, la Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland

7 October 2017
Pièce distinguée n°45. Part of Performance - 40th Anniversary of Centre Pompidou, Tripostal Lille, France

11 – 22 October 2017
Distinguished Hits (1991-2000). ADC, Geneva, Switzerland

Upcoming installations & video works:

8 September – 22 October 2017      
Walk the Bastards. Part of Caerán las almas de las pieles, Diputacion de Huesca, Spain

20 September 2017 – 28 January 2018          
Despliegue / Another pa amb tomàquet. Part of Performance Process, Musée Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland

6 October 2017 – 14 January 2018
Walk the Chair / Mariachi17. Part of Performance - 40th Anniversary of Centre Pompidou-Tripostal Lille, France

14 December 2017 – 3 February 2018
Solo exhibition. Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid, Spain

19 December 2017 – 5 March 2018
Another pa amb tomàquet.  In an exhibition of the collection of Soledad Lorenzo, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain

For more information on any of La Ribot's touring projects, please contact Nicky Childs at

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