The theatre presentation El Triunfo de La Libertad is a collaboration between La Ribot, choreographer Juan Domínguez and actor Juan Loriente, artists whose connection dates back to Madrid in the 1980s. The fruit of intensive experimentation and rigorous revision, El Triunfo de La Libertad eventually took on an unexpectedly minimal means of presentation and, after its premiere at the 2014 La Bâtie Festival in Geneva, it prompted (and continues to prompt) much discussion.
Lasting approximately an hour, the work draws audiences into a complex network of narrative, historical anecdote, poetic fragments and quotation. Themes emerge; among them, historical repetition, yearning for freedom and Utopian reverie, bodily desire, the role of the spectator, and the pleasures and distractions of reading. An embodiment of the “open work” as diagnosed by Umberto Eco, El Triunfo de La Libertad has been characterized as an invitation to its audiences to reformulate their desires and preconceptions regarding the theatre – and in doing so, to explore and test the liberty of their own imagination.
Concept, performance and scenography by: La Ribot, Juan Dominguez and Juan Loriente
Light design by: Eric Wurtz
Assistant production and direction: Tamara Alegre
Construction LED by: Victor Roy
Programmation LED by: Estrella Merino
Direction technique by: Marie Predour
Administration: Gonzague Bochud
Produced by: La Ribot (Geneva)
Co-produced by: Festival d’Automne (Paris), Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou (Paris), Ruhrtriennale / PACT Zollverein (Essen), La Bâtie-Festival de Genève and Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy in the context of the PACT project, beneficiary of FEDER, with the program INTERREG IV A France-Suisse.
With the collaboration of: la Comédie (Genève), la Casa Encendida (Madrid), la Casa de Cultura de la UAEMéx ( Tlalpan) / Teatro Línea de Sombra (Mexico DF)
With the support of: les Fondations Leenaards (Lausanne) and Ernst Göhner Stiftung (Zug)
La Ribot is supported by Ville de Genève, République et canton de Genève and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.
In partnership with: la Comédie (Geneva)
Special thanks to: Yi-Hua Wu, Tauer Perfumes, Cuqui Jerez, Pablo Jobin and the Comédie de Genève team.
Premiere at La Bâtie-Festival de Genève. 29 August-01 September 2014
Ruhr Triennale, Essen. 4-6 September 2014
Bonlieu Scène Nationale, Annecy. 19-20 October 2014
Festival d’Automne, Le Centre Pompidou, Paris. 10-14 December 2014
Festival de Inverno, Santiago de Compostela. 7 February 2015
El Lugar Sin Límites, CDN, Madrid. 26-27 June 2015
Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne. 20-21 November 2015