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ph. BOWO, a body without orgasm, 2015, Le Murate, Firenze, primo studio.

I was born under the Leaning Tower of Pisa, from a father  born in Gondar, Ethiopia and a mother born in via del Mare, Livorno, who grew up among the Florence’ aristocracy, because my granfather was selling their Chianti wine.

My granparents went to Africa from Apulien, my gran father was a doctor, son of a pharmacist, polignano a Mare.





RILABEN is a performer, author, researcher. Studied Architecture, PAP pilot project from IYMT euro network in Bilbao/Amsterdam/Birmingham/Porto , after finishing  A. Nikolais/Luis Pedagogy Certificate Programm with Simona Bucci Company, as well learning different techniques as Release with Company Blu , Laban and M. Feldenkrais, as well as different approaches to the body in the performing arts in workshop and P.Mereu CCCP program in Florence. He is working through intuition and stratification of improvisation, toset an alive installation of bodies related with philosophical approach to art, audience perception of the event , experimental or pop music and site-specific frame. He collaborated with several companies as dancer,performer, even in many Opera Theaters, like with Abbado, Martone at Stadtsoper, ‘Wagner Ring’ by Fura des baus, R. Andò version of ‘Winterreise’ by Schubert and many others. He creates his first ‘CONT’ piece inspired by plastic, daily pollution and resistance, through ‘A Man Without Qualities’ by R. Musil. He develops a first version of it in 2012 , with the music of JD Zazie, in Florence, Poznan, and then presents, at the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, a duo version with C.Abati. The piece will travel through Italy and Portugal.‘DUO’ with C.Abati,in 2014/15 is RILABEN’s second work/collaboration, that after several residencies, at Vivaio del Malcantone, SPAM Lucca, Limonaia /Company Blu, Spazio KPrato, première at Ada studio Berlin.BOWO, third ongoing project from2013/2017, is inspired by Cso group in Arteleku art center, who invitedLABEN to teach in a workshop session at San Sebastiàn, on Deleuze-Guattari, A.Artaud theory, ‘ A body without organs’,and his presentedwith live music by JD Zazie. In Florence, Berlin and Bologna. Newperformance projects in 2017,IN-EXtensionfrom Beckett’s “All strangeaway”, first studio in Tatwerk Berlin, second step as a ‘duo’ at BolognaERT in January 2018. STADT WFis a performance presented atFlutgraben Berlin in September 2018.A lsopart ofMOR 2017, month ofresearch at Ufers studios , working on ‘Borys Charmatz’critical subject’. In 2018 is selected as re-performer for the exhibition ‘The Cleaners’ from M. Abramovic /Linsey Peisinger.
Performer for GUCCI Garden and THE PLANT Magazine is in Florence in 2019.
He is leading a performance project ‘The Skin of the space’ in2019 at Tanzfabrik Uferstudios. “SAI, a thing that feels” inspired by the Italian philosopher M. Perniola ‘The sex appeal of the inorganic’ , is a performance based on dance voice bodies music, happening live in an audio visual relation with objects, video, and inorganic materials, presented at Open Space festival at Uferstudios, Tanzfabrik with A. Zoe, P. Stodieck, E. Stamatakis.
In 2020 Rilaben is teaching privately and in Theater Academies ‘Performance and body in motion’. His studio is now in Berlin at Flutgraben e.V.