Picture: Miguel Azuaga

Picture: Miguel Azuaga

Picture: Miguel Azuaga

Picture: John Sisson

Picture: Ursula Kaufmann

Picture: Ursula Kaufmann

La Ribot

Performance | Laughing Hole (2006)

Performance Duration 360 Min
Admission possible at any time

Three performers in coloured cleaner’s smocks are working their way through hundreds of cardboard signs that lie covering the floor. They hold up one sign after another before sticking them to the wall, filling the room with often politically tendentious phrases and slogans: “die here”, “Gaza party”, “immigrant on sale” or “impotent terror”. Meanwhile the performers of this absurd, existential durational performance laugh continuously for six hours to the point of exhaustion. An intense, disturbing experience, “Laughing Hole” was created as a reaction to the illegal U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay and the ideology with which it is connected.

Shown as a part of the RETROSPECTIVE LA RIBOT: Occuuppatiooon!

Born in Madrid in 1962 and now based in Geneva, La Ribot is a choreographer, dancer, director and visual artist; a radically multidisciplinary creator. Her work has its origins in movement, the body, and her own background in dance, to which she adds other practices, systems and materials as they become necessary. From the beginning of her career her work has included live performance, video, speech, sign language, found art, installations and ‘relational’ works. She has involved different communities in her performances and videos, both professional colleagues and people with no experience in the world of art.
Her works have been presented at the Tate Modern, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Panorama Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Impulstanz, Vienna and Art Basel. She was awarded the Spanish National Dance Prize in 2000 and The Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts in 2016 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

At the festival

August 2017
Artistic Direction La Ribot
Sound Design Clive Jenkins
Sound Fernando de Miguel
With Tamara Alegre, Olivia Csiky Trnka, Ruth Childs
Lighting Eric Wurtz
Technical Direction Marie Prédour

Production Galería Soledad Lorenzo – Madrid
La Ribot – Genève: Production Direction & Public Relations Sara Cenzual
Administration Gonzague Bochud
Distribution Nicky Childs / Artsadmin, London
Distribution Spain / South America Paz Santa Cecilia / Magale prod, Madrid
Distribution Visual Art Angel Varela
Duration 360 Min
Admission possible at any time

La Ribot is being supported by Ville de Genève, République et canton de Genève and Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung.

With kind support of Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung and Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), Paris.

In cooperation with Sophiensæle.