What can forty people do on stage when not regimented by a unifying choreography?
A series of "mission impossibles" answers La Ribot who suggested they perform simple acts such as get dressed, cry, laugh, fall down or collapse in the arms of a person they have just embraced, simple but dissociated acts that superimpose themselves onto each other without any order of importance. .... outside any psychological context.
It is the sign of an "intelligent body" that, because it is not acting on emotion, it can in fact generate it. .... We could almost say we are seeing the emergence of a "reality-performance". It is true that elsewhere too we are consumers of amateur performances, that reality TV – when it is not a mere dumbing-down – is fed by these very "real people", as they say, set in cities, lofts, palaces, subjected to the laws of prolonged proximity for the sole purpose of offering the world the spectacle of their laughter and their tears. .... It is urgent for performers to understand that it is not enough to climb on to the stage with their techniques, their laughing and crying skills, their fine lines, and address an audience of non-initiates who can in fact find on their TV screens a better sense of relatedness to those who really "represent" them .... So as the team '40 espontáneos' get up from the audience to climb on stage, they do not demonstrate the wish to have their five minutes of celebrity like their cousins in TV flatshares, but their desire to stand up and be counted as Pasolini might have said.”
Laurent Goumarre, Journalist & Art Critic (April 2004)
The Madrid born artist Maria Ribot has lived and worked in London since 1997. Under the name La Ribot, she has created award winning dance pieces that exist at the intersection of contemporary dance, live art, performance and video. In the last decade, La Ribot has created an exacting yet humorous vocabulary of geometric concentration through her renowned dance series Distinguished Pieces.
La Ribot’s work constitutes a system that allows her to research, develop, and question the temporal, spatial and conceptual limits of dance as it relates to the overlapping fields of live art, performance and visual art. Since 2000, La Ribot has developed a strong interest in the everyday function of video. This has led to the construction of live dance pieces filmed and experienced from the perspective of the body in motion.
By presenting her work at major international art galleries, theatres, dance festivals, live art and performance festivals, La Ribot consistently employs dance as a challenge to disciplinary expectation. Experienced live, a La Ribot dance piece creates a paradox of exact uncertainty.
Jacques Blanc, Director, Le Quartz, Brest.
Short video: La Ribot
See La Ribot website for additional information.