October’s LADA Screens is the film of Rita Marcalo’s One Last Dance – An Chéad Damhsa, a perambulating dance taking place between Guildford (the place Rita lived in when she arrived in the UK as an Erasmus student in 1994) and Cloughjordan (the rural Irish village that she is moving to post-Brexit).
Rita started the dance on 3 September 2018, performed it at LADA on 14 September 2018 and ended it in Ireland on 26 October 2018. She returned to LADA on the 30 October 2018 to show the film of the London performance and discuss the work in the context of Restock, Reflect, Rethink Four (RRR4).
“As I dance my way through the UK I will meet and stay with other EU citizens, who will walk/dance part of the way with me. Each EU citizen will choreograph a section of One Last Dance, and choreographic sections will then be linked to one another via linear accumulation. I will encounter dance/arts organisations, festivals and venues which have been part of my work in the UK over the past 24 years. At each of these encounters I will 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 will reach my final destination (Cloughjordan), where I will finally perform the entire accumulated choreography and audio testimonies”. – Rita Marcalo
One Last Dance – An Chéad Damhsa is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Instant Dissidence is a UK/Ireland-based company directed by Rita Marcalo. It is her way of bringing different artists together, in different combinations, to realise different ideas: through Instant Dissidence she invents ways of offering other people art experiences. Her practice began in dance/choreography but eventually she became more interested in communicating concepts rather than in sticking to a particular art form. She began collaborating with others to create work in different media, and today she brings 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.
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