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La Ribot: Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
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La Biennale di Venezia has awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Spanish-Swiss choreographer La Ribot.

“Her work resists any sort of classification: performance, live installation, dance, visual art. Her contagious art electrifies thought, forces it to reach beyond conventions, to reorganize its reference points. She makes us love freedom and its vibrant limits. She has fun. She makes us happy”.

This is how the Director of the Venice Biennale Marie Chouinard describes La Ribot’s body of work. The 58 year-old Spanish-Swiss choreographer was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the prestigious event, thus following the steps of Alessandro Sciarroni (awarded in 2019).


Born in Madrid, La Ribot is part of the pioneering generation which, in the 1980’s, opened the path to the development of Contemporary Dance in Spain. Her work quickly got international recognition. In the 1990’s, she moved to London. She is based in Geneva since 2004.

La Ribot performed in different venues (theatres, museums and galleries), such as Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Tate Modern (London), Reina Sofia (Spain) and in several festivals. Each new project moulded her reputation as the “extrevagant grande dame extravagante of contemporary art”, to quote, once again, Marie Chouinard.

La Ribot’s career crossed the path of French choreographer Mathilde Monnier. Together, they created Gustavia, in 2014. In 2019, they invited Portuguese director Tiago Rodrigues to take part in their new collaboration Please please please.


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will be part of the DDD 2021. The creative process of this show will also be the starting point of workshop with Mathilde Monnier at the DDD CAMPUS section.

The full programme of DDD 2021 will be unveiled next February.