A retrospective of La Ribot's works (1993–2016)

Credit: Morel Fontaine
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. The retrospective of La Ribot's work has been made possible by the generous support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.


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 and curator)

Her 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; in 1998 she was nominated to Paul Price Hamlyn Fondation Award for plastic arts. She won 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.

A combination ticket is available for the RETROSPECTIVE LA RIBOT at our ticketing-partner Reservix.


Film | Mariachi 17
Wed–Sun, 16:00–21:00 | HAU3 Houseclub
Opening: 11.8., 17:00

Films & Installations 2003–2014

Wed–Sun, 15:00–19:00 | Galerie Barbara Weiss
Opening: 13.8., 15:00

La Ribot
Laughing Hole
12.8., 14:00 | Sophiensæle

La Ribot
Panoramix (1993–2003)
17., 20.+23.8., 19:00 | Sophiensæle

La Ribot & Mathilde Monnier
26.+27.8., 20:00 | HAU1

La Ribot
Another Distinguée
1.+2.9., 19:00 | HAU1

Audience Engagement Formats
19.8. | 18:00 | Meet the Artist
26.8. | 21:00 | Dance Circle for Gustavia
29.8. | 20:15 | Meeting of Minds with Mathilde Monnier
Tanz im August
Curators Andrea Niederbuchner, Virve Sutinen
Exhibition Design Advice Anja Trudel

La Ribot
Production Management & Communication
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 / Magale prod, Madrid

La Ribot – Genéve is supported by the department for Abteilung Culture by the city of Geneva, Republik & Kantons Geneva and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.

Commissioned and produced by Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
With the support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.