Picture: Marc Coudrais

Mathilde Monnier & La Ribot

Performance | Gustavia (2008)

“Gustavia” brings together two choreographers with utterly divergent dance backgrounds who nevertheless are driven by common questions about the future of art and representation. Drawing on the techniques and codes of classical burlesque, Mathilde Monnier and La Ribot experiment with this art form of transformations and role reversals to test out its use in dance. With striking body language and a sense of humour, they also touch on timeless themes such as femininity, self-presentation and the theatre, in order to then ask the question of whether it is still possible today for an artist to exert an influence on society.

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
By and with Mathilde Monnier, La Ribot
Lighting Design Eric Wurtz
Sound Olivier Renouf
Stage Design Mathilde Monnier & La Ribot, Annie Tolleter
Costume Design Dominique Fabrègue
Assistance Costume Laurence Alquier
Duration 60 Min

Production: Festival Montpellier Danse 08, Centre Pompidou – les spectacles vivants / Festival d'Automne / Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, centre de développe- ment chorégraphique de Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées, Culturgest Lisbonne, la Comédie de Genève, Mercat de les Flors, La Ribot, Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon. Supported by: Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, la République et Canton de Genève, la Ville de Genève – Département de la culture.

With the support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.