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Laughing Hole (2006)

April 27
  • Season


  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Rate

    12 €

  • Schedule

    De 18 a 24 h

  • Room

The duration of this performance is six hours.
There are no numbered seats, the public can be placed where and how they decide.
The capacity is limited and will be completed live (100 spectators at a time)
It is allowed to enter and leave during the entire time the piece lasts.
Once outside, if you want to re-enter and the capacity is complete, you must wait until other spectators leave the room.
It is not necessary to arrive at the beginning or stay until the end.
The arrival time does not alter the perception of the show.

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A show combining performance and installation, six hours long

On 28 and 30 April after 4 pm, the installation that developed out of Laughing Hole will be open to the public.

The installation and performance Laughing Hole was presented at Art Unlimited – Art Basel 37 (Switzerland) in 2006. Its six-hour duration makes it the longest piece by La Ribot. According to Jaime Conde-Salazar, it is also La Ribot’s most openly political work: “An expression of anger and repulsion in the face of ‘the illegal prison at Guantánamo and the whole ideological operation that accompanies it’”. Three women dressed in work clothes classify hundreds of cardboard placards that, with the text initially face down on the floor, cover the performance space. One by one, they pick up and stick the placards on the wall and gradually fill the space with poetic and political slogans.

At the same time, the three dancers laugh continuously. Their laughter, which is obsessive and hysterical, rallies against the dehumanizing verbal imaginary of the mass media. Echoing the brutality of the headlines of the gutter press, the texts of Laughing Hole are a protest not only against the abuses of the West, which laughs at human rights, but also against the way in which the media present these abuses to the citizens on whose behalf they are perpetrated.

“Born in Madrid, La Ribot lives and works in Geneva. Beginning with the winds of freedom that blew through Spain in the 1980s, her work has profoundly changed the world of contemporary dance. Drawing her means of expression unreservedly from theatre, the visual arts, performance, cinema and image, this artist’s work lays the stress on the points of friction existing between different fields and disciplines. Dance is therefore the starting point for multiple experiments anchored in the language of the body. But it is also the site of negotiation between the different contexts that provide the body with a precise location, which this work tends to modify: museums, the stage, video art.” Marcella Lista, writer and curator, 2015

La Ribot’s choreographies have been presented at venues such as the Tate Modern (London), Théâtre de la Ville and Centre Pompidou in Paris, Paris Autumn Festival, Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), Aichi Triennial (Nagoya, Japan), the Soledad Lorenzo gallery (Madrid), Serralves Museum (Porto), Art Unlimited – Art Basel, SMAK (Gant), MUAC (University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City), and as part of Panorama Rio de Janeiro. Her visual work features in the collections of institutions such as the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), Centre Pompidou (Paris), National Centre for the Visual Arts – CNAP (Paris), MUSAC (Castilla y León Museum of Contemporary Art), the Artium (Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art), FRAC Lorraine (Regional Collection of Contemporary Art), La Panera (Lleida), Cajasol Foundation (Seville) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid).

Performers Tamara Alegre, Ruth Childs, Olivia Csiky Trnka / Sound Fernando de Miguel