News and events


Photo of Rita Marcalo performing dance

One Last Dance – An Chéad Damhsa

  • 27 March 2019
  • 12:30pm-3pm
  • Martin Hall Exhibition Space

About this event

Following the Brexit vote, One Last Dance – An Chéad Damhsa is Rita Marcalo's ‘final love letter’ to the UK. As she danced her way through the UK she met (and stayed with) other EU citizens who walked and danced part of the way with her, including Fred Dalmasso here in the UK.

Each EU citizen choreographed a section of One Last Dance, and all choreographic sections are linked to one another. Eventually, she reached her final destination (Cloughjordan), where she performed the entire accumulated choreography. 
The two-month long perambulating dance is documented on film. She hopes that the work will have contributed to an increased awareness around immigration policy in general, and more specifically to those EU citizens who will acquire settled status in the UK.

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 was more interested in communicating concepts than in sticking to a particular art form.
Instant Dissidence is also a socially-engaged practice where the company foregrounds the role that dance/choreography can play as a social engine: they are ‘artivists’ who believe in the power of connecting art and social consciousness.

Contact and booking details

Janine Bates
Email address
Booking required?
Yes Book now