Retrospective 2017


A Retrospective of La Ribot's Work (1993­–2016)

Throughout the duration of the festival, Tanz im August will be showing a diverse selection of live performances and films by Spanish choreographer La Ribot. A feminist and pioneer of the conceptual dance movement of the 90s – at once challenging and accomplished – she operates at the intersections of contemporary dance, live art, video, and performance art. The retrospective includes her six-hour performance “Laughing Hole” (2006), a selection of her celebrated “Distinguished Pieces” in “Panoramix” (1993–2003), and her 2008 duet with Mathilde Monnier “Gustavia”, along with her most recent series of “Distinguished Pieces”, “Another Distinguée” (2016). An exhibition will present a.o. a selection of her video works from 2002–2014. 

La Ribot, born in Madrid, lives and works in Geneva. She began her work in Spain in the 1980s. Today her practice is having a profound effect on the current understanding of contemporary dance. Drawing freely on the vocabulary of theatre, visual art, performance and film, her work emphasises the friction between these disciplines. For La Ribot dance is the starting point for various experiments rooted in the language of the body. Since 1990 her performances and video works have been shown in large international galleries, theatres and performance festivals, such as Tate Modern (London), the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro). 

La Ribot – Genéve is supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva as well as Pro Helvetiam, Schweizer Kulturstiftung. 

Commissioned and produced by Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer. With kind support from Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung.

Curated by Andrea Niederbuchner, Virve Sutinen
Exhibition Design Anja Trudel
La Ribot – Genève Production & Public Relations Sara Cenzual
Technical Direction Marie Prédour
Management / Distribution Nicky Childs / Artsadmin, London
Distribution Visual Art Angel Varela
Management / Distribution Spain / South America Paz Santa Cecilia


La Ribot

Edited by Andrea Niederbuchner and Virve Sutinen
Published by Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer 2017
Softcover, 98 Pages
Price: 15,00 €

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The catalogue La Ribot Occuuppatiooon! accompanies the La Ribot retrospective of the same name, which took place during Tanz im August 2017 at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin. Louis Keidan's text concentrates on La Ribot's „Distinguished Pieces“ (1993–2016) and how this series of short pieces influenced her artistic thoughts and actions. Estrella de Diego examines „Another Distinguée“ (2016), in which La Ribot questions existing power structures and gender roles. The interview with Stephanie Rosenthal highlights both La Ribot's filmic work and her performances in the context of the visual arts.

Festival Magazine

Productions Occuuppatiooon!

La Ribot

Mariachi 17 (2009)

11.8.–2.9.2017 | HAU3 Houseclub | Film

La Ribot

Films & Installations (2001–2017)

11.8.–2.9.2017 | Galerie Barbara Weiss

La Ribot

Laughing Hole (2006)

12.8.2017 | SOPHIENSÆLE

La Ribot

Panoramix (1993–2003)

17., 20.+23.8.2017 | SOPHIENSÆLE

Mathilde Monnier & La Ribot


26.+27.8.2017 | HAU1

La Ribot

Another Distinguée (2016)

1.+2.9.2017 | HAU1 | Deutschlandpremiere

Audience Engagement Formats

19.8.2017 | Meet the Artist | Bibliothek im August

26.8.2017 | Dance Circle | Gustavia | HAU1

29.8.2017 | Meeting of Minds | Mathilde Monnier & La Ribot | Haus der Berliner Festspiele