La Ribot

“Artist and choreographer La Ribot was born in Madrid. Between 1975 and 1984 she studied classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance, first in Madrid, then in France, Germany and New York, U.S. Returning to Madrid in 1985 she established herself as a choreographer. In 1986 she and the dancer and choreographer Blanca Calvo co-founded the group Bocanada Danza and co-directed it, showcasing the work of a diverse range of artists and dancers, until its dissolution in 1989. In 1991, she began working under the name La Ribot and premiered the humorous “striptease” Socorro! Gloria!, a piece that drew in new audiences and inspired her solo series 13 Distinguished Pieces. The 13 Distinguished Pieces were first performed in their entirety in Madrid in 1994. Also around this time, she created two duos for herself and the actor Juan Loriente (Los Trancos del Avestruz, 1993, and Oh! Sole! 1995) and collaborated with a group of Madrid-based choreographers to set up the experimental dance research group UVI-La Inesperada. In 1997, La Ribot moved to London and continued to work on the distinguished pieces. Mas distinguidas, the second series of Distinguished Pieces, was premiered in Madrid at the end of 1997 as part of the two-week contemporary dance and discussion programme Desviaciones, and subsequently taken on tour. Organized by La Ribot, Calvo and the writer and academic José A. Sánchez, Desviaciones continued as an annual event till 2001 and featured contributions from a diversity of artists, arts professionals, writers and academics, many of them key figures in their fields. In London, La Ribot established strong links with the local and international live art community and continued to make work that challenged the boundary between gallery-based live art and contemporary dance. Her third series of Distinguished Pieces, Still distinguished, 2000, was conceived for gallery performance and was presented in a wide range of galleries and other venues, including Theatre de la Ville de Paris, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo in Madrid, Mousontrum Frankfurt, Festival Nouvelle Danse Montréal, Canada, SMAK in Gent, KIASMA in Helsinki, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet and the South London Gallery, U.K. Panoramix, the three-hour omnibus version of all thirty-four Distinguished Pieces, was launched in 2003 at Tate Modern and travelled subsequently to other European galleries including the Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. In 2000 La Ribot began experimenting with videomaking, and in particular with hand-held video shot from the point of view of the performing body. This approach informed various works from 2000 onward, including the installation Despliegue, 2001, and the complex ensemble piece Mariachi 17, 2009. In the same year, she used Mariachi 17 as the basis for Llàmame Mariachi, a new work featuring both video and live performance. Llàmame Mariachi toured to venues in Europe, South America and the United States, and was performed in London in 2011 as part of La Ribot’s contribution to Move: Choreographing You, the Hayward Gallery’s survey exhibition of art, dance and participation. Move: Choreographing You also inspired the participatory work Walk the Chair, La Ribot’s first experiment in installation. In 2004 La Ribot moved to Geneva, Switzerland, and between 2004 and 2008 founded and directed Art/Action, a department for teaching and research into live art based at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Geneva. The 2000s also saw the development of the large-scale participatory piece 40 Espontáneos, 2004; the performance Laughing Hole, launched at Art Unlimited in Basel in 2006, and Gustavia, 2008, a duo conceived and performed with dancer, choreographer and director of the National Centre for Choreography in Montpelier, Mathilde Monnier. La Ribot continues to develop and present work internationally, and has recently contributed to exhibitions in Japan and Seoul, South Korea. In 2011 she launched PARAdistinguidas, a new series of Distinguished Pieces conceived for five dancers and twenty volunteer “extras”, and in 2012 she completed EEEXEEECUUUUTIOOOOONS!!!, a major choreographic commission for the Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy, France. Also in 2012, MUAC, Mexico City’s Contemporary Art University Museum, inaugurated its Live Art exhibition space with a monograph exhibition on her work. La Ribot’s video work is held in public and private collections around Europe. She continues to work internationally from her base in Geneva, Switzerland, where she lives with the Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin. “