La Ribot

Performance | Laughing Hole (2006)

Tanz im August

Performance Duration 360 Min

Admission possible at any time

Three performers in coloured cleaner’s smocks are working their way through hundreds of cardboard signs that lie covering the floor. They hold up one sign after another before sticking them to the wall, filling the room with often politically tendentious phrases and slogans: “die here”, “Gaza party”, “immigrant on sale” or “impotent terror”. Meanwhile the performers of this absurd, existential durational performance laugh continuously for six hours to the point of exhaustion. An intense, disturbing experience, “Laughing Hole” was created as a reaction to the illegal U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay and the ideology with which it is connected.

Shown as a part of the RETROSPECTIVE LA RIBOT: Occuuppatiooon!


Born in Madrid in 1962 and now based in Geneva, La Ribot is a choreographer, dancer, director and visual artist; a radically multidisciplinary creator. Her work has its origins in movement, the body, and her own background in dance, to which she adds other practices, systems and materials as they become necessary. From the beginning of her career her work has included live performance, video, speech, sign language, found art, installations and ‘relational’ works. She has involved different communities in her performances and videos, both professional colleagues and people with no experience in the world of art.


Her works have been presented at the Tate Modern, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Panorama Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Impulstanz, Vienna and Art Basel. She was awarded the Spanish National Dance Prize in 2000 and The Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts in 2016 by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

Duration 360 Min

Admission possible at any time

La Ribot is being supported by Ville de Genève, République et canton de Genève and Pro Helvetia – Schweizer Kulturstiftung.

With kind support of Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung and Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), Paris.

In cooperation with Sophiensæle.

Magazin im August Article

"Freedom to Imagine"


Artistic Direction: La Ribot / Sound Design: Clive Jenkins / Sound: Fernando de Miguel / With: Tamara Alegre, Olivia Csiky Trnka, Ruth Childs / Lighting: Eric Wurtz / Technical Direction: Marie Prédour / Production: Galería Soledad Lorenzo – Madrid / La Ribot – Genève: Production Direction & Public Relations: Sara Cenzual / Administration: Gonzague Bochud / Distribution: Nicky Childs / Artsadmin, London / Distribution Spain / South America: Paz Santa Cecilia / Magale prod, Madrid / Distribution Visual Art: Angel Varela


  • Past
    Sat 12.8.2017, 14:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal


Sophiensæle Festsaal
Sophienstr. 18, 10178 Berlin

The Kantine is at ground level and accessible without steps. The Festsaal (1st floor) and Hochzeitssaal (3rd floor) can be reached via an elevator (1.76 m x 2.71 m) when accompanied by the house staff. To use the elevator please contact our evening staff. The distance from the street to the elevator is approx. 60 m.

An accessible toilet (entrance door 1m in width) is available on the 1st floor and can be reached via the elevator. It can be accessed via the Festsaal foyer. For events in the Hochzeitssaal there is a WC on the 3rd floor with an entrance and cabin door 81 cm wide, the other cabin doors are 56 cm wide. From the 3rd floor as well as from the ground floor you can reach the accessible WC on the 1st floor by using the elevator.

Wheelchair users and persons with impaired mobility are requested to give advance notice by emailing Gina Jeske or ringing the venue at 030 27 89 00 35. 
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