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“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.

Live performances in 2017

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

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.

Date Title Venue City
11–22 October 2017 Distinguished Hits (1991-2001) Association pour la Danse Contemporaine Geneva
29 September 2017 Distinguished Hits (1991-2001) Kaserne Basel, Performance Process Basel
11 August – 2 September 2017 Occuupaaatiiiiooooon !! Tanz Im August Berlin
19–20 May 2017 Another Distinguée Cambridge Junction Cambridge
16–17 May 2017 Another Distinguée The Place London
13–14 May 2017 Weekender: La Ribot Toynbee Studios
3–7 May 2017 Another Distinguée Théâtre de Vidy Lausanne
5–9 April 2017 Another Distinguée Centre Pompidou Paris
17–18 March 2017 Another Distinguée Teatre Prinicipal Palma
11–12 March 2017 Another Distinguée Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
22 February – 5 March 2017 Another Distinguée Teatros del Canal Madrid
1–12 February 2017 Another Distinguée Théâtre du Grütli Geneva
7–10 November 2016 Distinguished Hits (1991-2001) CND Paris
15–16 October 2016 Another Distinguée Centre Parraga Murcia
16–17 June 2016 Another Distinguée Latitudes Contemporaines, Théâtre Le Prato Lille
30 April 2016 Another Distinguée Unterlinden Museum Colmar
27 March 2016 Mas Distinguidas OX Warehouse Macau
25–26 March 2016 Mas Distinguidas Hong Kong Arts Centre Hong Kong
19 March 2016 Mas Distinguidas Beijing Penghao Theatre Beijing
17 March 2016 Mas Distinguidas Power Station of Art Shanghai
17 December 2015 Mas Distinguidas Batiment d'Art Contemporain Geneva
11–21 November 2015 Carnation & Mas Distinguidas Theatre de Vidy Lausanne
6–7 November 2015 Carnation & Mas Distinguidas Teatro Central Seville
27–28 March 2015 Carnation & Mas Distinguidas Le Petit Plateau Marseille
12 March 2015 Laughing Hole Sick! Festival Manchester Manchester
30 November – 1 December 2011 PARAdistinguidas le lieu unique Nantes
23–27 November 2011 PARAdistinguidas Festival d’Automne, Centre Pompidou Paris
18 November 2011 PARAdistinguidas Dansens Hus Stockholm
18 November 2011 PARAdistinguidas Dansens Haus Stockholm
17–18 June 2011 PARAdistinguidas Mousonturm Frankfurt
26–29 May 2011 PARAdistinguidas La Comédie de Genève Geneva
18–19 May 2011 PARAdistinguidas Pôl Sud Strasbourg
15 December 2010 Gustavia Alamada
11 December 2010 Gustavia Teatro National S. Joao Viseu
10 December 2010 Gustavia Porto
26 November 2010 Llámame Mariachi Southbank Centre London
12–13 November 2010 Llamame Mariachi Lisbon
21–22 October 2010 Gustavia Bergen
15–16 October 2010 Gustavia Modena
12 October 2010 – 9 January 2011 Walk The Chair Hayward Gallery
21–29 August 2010 Residency Aichi
16 June 2010 Laughing Hole Palais des Baux Arts Brussels
14 June 2010 Llámame Mariachi Lille
11 June 2010 Gustavia Lille
20–23 January 2010 Llame Mariachi Arsenic Lausanne
28 November 2009 Gustavia Theater Chur Chur
11–14 November 2009 Llame Mariachi Centre Pompidou Paris
3–4 November 2009 Gustavia Helsinki
17–18 October 2009 Gustavia Dampfzentrale Bern
26–27 September 2009 Gustavia Choreographishes Zentrum Essen
24 September 2009 Llame Mariachi Les Halles de Schaerbeek Brussels
29–31 August 2009 llámame mariachi La Comedie de Geneve, Festival de La Batie, Geneva, Switzerland
23–24 July 2009 Gustavia Kalamata, Greece
19–21 June 2009 Gustavia Berlin, Germany
22–23 May 2009 Gustavia TNS, Strasbourg, France
8 May 2009 Laughing Hole Maison Folie, Mons, Belgium
5 May 2009 Gustavia Le Cretere, Scene nationale d'Ales, France
2–4 July 2008 Gustavia Montpellier
20–26 August 2007 Laughing Hole International Dance Festival Sibiu
28 July – 3 August 2007 Laughing Hole Teatro Linea de Sombra Mexico City
6–7 July 2007 Laughing Hole Galeria Soledad Lorenzo Madrid
5 July 2007 The Distinguished Pieces (docu-film) Casa Encendida Madrid
29–30 June 2007 Laughing Hole Toynbee Studios
23–24 June 2007 The Distinguished Pieces (docu-film) Toynbee Studios
25–27 May 2007 The Distinguished Pieces (docu-film) Huis en festival a/d werf Utrecht
29 April – 10 May 2007 Laughing Hole (TBC) Biennale d'Art Contemporain Bogota
11 April – 5 May 2007 The Distinguished Pieces (docu-film) Festival Vidéo Danse, Centre Pompidou Paris
21 March 2007 40 espontaneos Festival Articule 3, Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy
3 March 2007 Laughing Hole Festival Les Antipodes, Le Quartz Brest
Photo by Anne Maniglier