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Rita Marcalo

Portuguese dancer & choreographer

The Rebellion Activity Day
1 May. Various Times

Rita Marcalo

Image credit: Jane Hobson

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. Last year the United Nations warned that humanity had 12 years to re-shape its civilisation, in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. I then made a pledge: over the next 12 years I will make 12 works, each reflecting the way in which humanity is addressing (or not) this warning.


Rita Marcalo

Portuguese dancer & choreographer

The Rebellion Activity Day
1 May. Various Times

Rita Marcalo

Image credit: Jane Hobson

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. Last year the United Nations warned that humanity had 12 years to re-shape its civilisation, in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. I then made a pledge: over the next 12 years I will make 12 works, each reflecting the way in which humanity is addressing (or not) this warning.