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One Last Dance - An Chéad Damhsa

One Last Dance - An Chéad Damhsa

Instant Dissidence

Shows: Monday 8th October, 7.30pm

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‘ONE LAST DANCE – AN CHÉAD DAMHSA is a perambulating dance between Guildford (the location I lived in when I first arrived in the UK as an Erasmus student in 1994) and Cloughjordan (the rural Irish village that I am moving to post-Brexit).

As I dance my way through the UK I meet other EU citizens who walk/dance part of the way with me. Each EU citizen choreographs a section of One Last Dance, and all choreographic sections are linked to one another via linear accumulation. As I dance I encounter arts organisations which have been part of my work in the UK over the past 24 years. At each of these encounters I perform One Last Dance to the accumulative stage that it will be at.

As I enter the island of Ireland, the work shifts into its next stage: An Chéad Damhsa, which in English means My First Dance. Eventually I reach my final destination (Cloughjordan), where I perform the entire accumulated choreography.

The 2-month long perambulating dance will be documented on film.

I expect…

That the walk will be physically exhausting. 

That engaging with the testimony and fears of those EU citizens who, by choice or need, are staying in the UK will be emotionally exhausting.

That saying goodbye to the country which was my home for so many years will be an emotional journey.

I fear…

That I might encounter some antagonism towards me throughout the walk.

That I won’t physically be able to do it. 

I doubt…

That I won’t physically be able to do it. 

I wish…

That the work will have contributed to an increased awareness around the Home Office’s hostile environment policy towards immigration in general, and more specifically to those EU citizens who will acquire settled status in the UK.

That my sadness around Brexit will have transformed into gratitude for the many beautiful years I have had in the country.

That by the end, the work will feel like my final love letter to the UK.'

Rita Marcalo, Instant Dissidence

More information on the project will be shortly available on:

About Instant Dissidence

Instant Dissidence is a UK/Ireland-based company directed by me, Rita Marcalo. It is my way of bringing different artists together, in different combinations, to realise different ideas: through Instant Dissidence I invent ways of offering other people art experiences.

My practice began in dance/choreography but eventually I became more interested in communicating concepts than in sticking to a particular art form. I began collaborating with others to create work in different media, and today I bring in people from different areas to solve creative problems.

Instant Dissidence’s is also a socially-engaged practice where the company foregrounds the role that dance/choreography can play as a social engine: we are ‘artivists’ who believe in the power of connecting art and social consciousness.’ Rita Marcalo, Instant Dissidence

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