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

I was born in 1977 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’ good society.

My granparents went to Africa from Apulien, my gran father was a doctor, son of a doctor, probably son of a Monk of the Abbey of Polignano a Mare. L’Abbate.

RILABEN is a performer, author, researcher. After studying some set design and Architecture, concluded a program called PAP, a performing art project from IYMT european network for young makers theater in Bilbao/Amsterdam/Birmingham/Porto with the support of Leeds University, and Festivals. Just after finishing his  A. Nikolais/Luis Pedagogy Certificate Programm by Simona Bucci Company , approved by Nikolais-Luis Foundation New York City.
He learned principles from different techniques as Release/Contact Improvisation  with Company Blu , Laban with R,Haisma and M. Feldenkrais with R.Bozarth, as well as different approaches to the body in the performing arts in workshop and P.Mereu CCCP program in Florence and C.Rizzo, Kinkaleri, V.Sieni, C.Carlson, S.buirge, D.dupuy, D. Mercy and many others. .
He is  working through intuition and stratification of improvisation, to set 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 in 2012 , with the music of JD Zazie, in Florence, Poznan, and then, at the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, in a duo version with C.Abati. The piece will travel through Italy and Portugal.
The second piece ‘DUO’ with C.Abati,in 2014/15 after several residencies, at Vivaio del Malcantone, SPAM Lucca, Limonaia /Company Blu, Spazio KPrato, première at Ada studio Berlin.
BOWO, third  project from 2013/2017, was inspired by Deleuze-Guattari, A.Artaud theory, ‘ A body without organs’, invited from  Cso group in Arteleku art center, San Sebastian, who invited RILABEN to teach in a workshop  and as a durational performance is  presented with live music by JD Zazie.
In Florence, Murate Art Center, Berlin Spektrum Art technology/Tatwerk and Bologna PerAspera Feastival. New performances projects in 2017, IN-EXtensionfrom Beckett’s “All strangeaway”, first studio in Tatwerk Berlin, second step as a ‘duo’ at Bologna ERT in January 2018.
STADT WF was a performance presented at Flutgraben Berlin in September 2018 for OpenOccupy .
As part of MOR 2017, month of research at Uferstudios , he is working on ‘Borys Charmatz’ critical subject’ with ‘Vier Ludenasta’ group.
In 2018 is selected as re-performance artist for the exhibition ‘The Cleaners’ from M. Abramovic /Linsey Peisinger.
Performer for GUCCI Garden and THE PLANT Magazine is in Florence in 2019, as well for Kath Frankie video at Babelsberg studios and Simone Forti in Contempoary Art Center L.Pecci, in Italy.
in 2019 he is leading a performance project ‘The Skin of the space’  at Tanzfabrik Uferstudios and premiered “SAI, a thing that feels” at Openspaces festival, a work inspired by the Italian philosopher M. Perniola’s book ‘The sex appeal of the inorganic’ . After meeting him, the performance is based on calmness and immateriality, dance voice bodies music, are a not-event happening live in an audio visual relation with objects, video, and inorganic materials, thanks to Tanzfabrik with A. Zoe, P. Stodieck, E. Stamatakis.
In 2020 and 2021 Rilaben is teaching in Theater Academy of Tuscany in Lucca ‘Performance and body in motion’. His studio is now in Berlin at Flutgraben e.V. He is going to present two new projects SOLOPI77A and DearLucy in this difficult time, reflecting his identity in dialog with gender, generational gap, mediterranean and north western european privilege, and Italian colonial past in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
OpenOccupy Flutgraben e.V. 2020/2021 ,  see him in organization and a site specific performance ‘Fallen Bird’ with the original music of JD Zazie.