dance-tech.tv presents a selection of Piezas Distinguidas by La Ribot (Spain/Switzerland). They are part of what she calls DISTINGUISHED PROJECT which has spanned for more than 20years. The are characterized by their brevity and metaphorical encapsulation questioning “the temporal, spatial, and conceptual limits of dance.”
Selection of Piezas Distinguidas presented here (click on thumbnail and watch on dance-tech.tv on VIMEO):
A dancer by training, choreographer and visual artist Maria Ribot has contributed to the development of contemporary dance in Spain since the mid-80s, the period when she started her choreographic work.
In 1991, under the name of La Ribot, the artist from Madrid engaged her work into a new process by creating scenic works at the moving intersection of live art, performance and video.
Humour characterizes her work, which covers a broad artistic field and questions the economy of the spectacular, the art market, the role of the artist or the topicality. La Ribot exposes and questions the eye, from the perspective of the body, the space, the image and the movement.
Based in London from 1997 to 2004, she mainly produced solo performances, giving her distinguished project a peculiar amplitude which lead her to being nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for plastic arts in 1998, to be awarded with the National Prize for Dance by the Spanish Ministry of culture in 2000, and to present Panoramix – a meta-performance of three hours which combines all the distinguished pieces – at the Tate Modern in 2003, at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others.
Her short pieces – varying from 30 seconds to 7 minutes in the three distinguished series –, or the long ones – from 4 to 8 hours in the case of Laughing Hole – favour the playful side and unseemly associations. Uncommon use of words, objects and bodies, extreme sobriety or shimmering of colours, are all part of this conceptual work. In the works of La Ribot the body is exhibited as in 40 espontáneos, both as a chosen subject and as living matter.
Living in Geneva since 2004, she taught at HEAD (Geneva University of Art and Design) until 2008, and has pursued her research with different media.
Having given to her career an international stance, La Ribot has opened up her work to other forms of artistic encounters, within the very essence of her works. As with Gustavia, a duo co-created in 2008 with French choreographer Mathilde Monnier, or a video piece with Spanish dancer Cristina Hoyos for In_ter_va_lo, a cycle of contemporary art and flamenco.
With llámame mariachi (2009) she pursued, in the first half of the show, the kind of video research she had been developing through previous works such as: Despliegue (2001), Travelling (2003) and Cuarto de Oro (2008). Videos in which the interpreters capture the movement, in a single travelling shot, from the viewpoint of the body. A process that offers us a visual experience that relativizes our perception of space. The second half of the show articulating issues related to text and speech.
With her last creation, Walk the Chair (2010), La Ribot comes back to “her” old folding wooden chairs, this time with texts written on them, making the reading by the visitors some sort of spontaneous choreography. Walk the Chair is presented as an installation at the Hayward Gallery in London for the exhibition MOVE: CHOREOGRAPHING YOU.
La Ribot’s work is organized as a system allowing her to do research, and to develop and question the temporal, spatial, and conceptual limits of dance.
This work is shown here with as courtesy of the artists with educational purposes.
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