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Dancing With Eco Farmers Instant Dissidence


Dancing With Eco Farmers
Dancing With Eco Farmers by Instant Dissidence © Lizzie Coombes for Compass Festival

A woman, on the streets of Dublin, has outstretched arms and a t-shirt that says ‘Dance With Me’. Will you accept her invitation?

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Wed 15 Sept, 10am – 4pm (durational) – Outside CHQ Building, Dublin
Thurs 16 Sept, 10am – 4pm
(durational) – Castle Market Street, outside Grogan, Dublin

Performances and screenings are presented in Dublin as part of Climate Action Week (13 – 19 Sept) and as part of Cloughjordan Ecovillage activities for European Day of Sustainable Communities (18 & 19 Sept).

Since presenting the Spring edition of the dance and food activism project … As If Trying Not To Own The Earth as part of DDF2021 and the Bealtaine Festival in May, Rita Marcalo has spent the summer talking and dancing with farmers and micro-brewers who are working sustainably in County Tipperary.

The result is a series of powerful duets which will be performed in public spaces – with the public – connecting rural to urban Ireland.

If you accept Rita’s invitation you will (through her and the exchanged gift of dance) perform a duet with one of these farmers or micro-brewers – each duet an urban to rural connection completed by you; each one an act of food activism and climate hope.

Enhance your experience

Learn more about Rita’s Tipperary residencies through two films that share her journey of gaining new skills and exploring the worlds of farming and beer brewing. Watch Films (available from 15 Sept 2021).


More about the project

Dancing With Eco Farmers
is the result of the Summer iteration of ... As If Trying Not To Own The Earth, a dance and food activism project that you can watch and/or participate in. Organised according to calendar seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter), the project started in Spring 2021 with two residencies (EATING & GROWING) and will continue with an Autumn and Winter edition.

The project examines our connection with nature, and our role within our food system and the wider context of climate justice. It highlights a need to reconnect with our bodies and with the Earth in a way that is sustainable. It focuses both on the growing of food, and the preparation of food/beverages.

The starting point for the project is an invitation to people to try things they are not familiar with. From her base in County Tipperary, Instant Dissidence’s Rita Marcalo collaborates with two people (a grower and a food/beverage preparation person) in each calendar season: she teaches them how to create a dance, and they teach her to grow and prepare food/beverages. Then, at the end of each season they present the creative outputs of the project.

Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival and Dublin Dance Festival have commissioned Instant Dissidence to develop the Summer iteration of the project which includes residencies culminating in the creation of one-on-one performances and two new film pieces. These will be presented as part of Dublin Climate Action Week, and the European Day of Sustainable Communities.

Delve into the project in more detail by watching the videos and tutorials published by Rita and her collaborators on the Project YouTube Channel.


  • Artistic Director, Choreographer & Performer Rita Marcalo
  • Summer Growing Co-creators Pilar Vicente, Rebecca Gould
  • Summer Drinking Co-creators Maurice Deasy, Ruaidhri Deasy (Canvas Brewery)
  • Filmmaker Jessica Schoening
  • Documentation Assistant Ana Antunes

Directed by Rita Marcalo, Instant Dissidence is a socially engaged and ecologically engaged company in the expanded field of dance and, more broadly, body-based practices. It foregrounds the role that dance/choreography can play as a social engine: we are ‘artivists’ who believes in the power of connecting art and social consciousness. Instant Dissidence also resists the idea of art as an object produced by a special kind of person called the ‘artist’. Instead, its work is co-created in dialogue with (and at times performed by) non-professional artists, and is about issues which matter to them.

... As If Trying Not To Own The Earth is co-commissioned by Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival and Dublin Dance Festival, in association with SIRIUS. Supported by Dublin City Council Arts Office. Additional support by Cloughjordan Community Farm.

An Instant Dissidence production.

Image © Lizzie Coombes for Compass Festival

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