Instant Dissidence

Borrisokane Is Dancing


Watch the trailer film for what will (soon) be an augmented reality site-specific choreography experienced through your mobile phone and making use of 360-degree film.

Co-created and performed by both migrant and host communities in Borrisokane, the work will draw from Instant Dissidence’s background in contemporary dance, whilst also embracing popular dance culture, and traditional/folk dance forms from the countries of origin of the migrant and host communities.

Although the work won’t premiere until late September 2021, in the meantime we have made a trailer film which you can watch on  Culture Night 2021!

Instant Dissidence is an Ireland-based company directed by me, Rita Marcalo. It‘s 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 and solve creative problems. Instant Dissidence is also a socially-engaged and ecologically-engaged company: we foreground 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. More information can be found at www.instantdissidence.org

Creative team for Borrisokane Is Dancing

Rita Marcalo (artistic director/choreographer/film-maker)

Giovanni and Valencia Musongi, April Slevin, Hazel Young, Andile Ncube, Sibo Mavuso, Beth Malone, Eve O’Connor, Senzokhule Immaculate Masina (co-creators and performers)

Myriam Lucas (camera person)

Reviews of previous work

Surprising, challenging, transgressive and exciting.

(Allan Sutherland, The Guardian)

The structure of the venture was so meaningful and really satisfying – it was just great! I felt I was attending something absolutely unique that I would never get to see again – true of any live show, in a way, but never so obvious as in this one. 

(BrĂ­d NĂ­ Chumhaill, Ros Na RĂșn)

The perseverance and singular purpose of Rita and her team shines through, despite facing considerable adversity and resistance both socio-political and cultural barriers to her dance workshops, she wins the community around. 

(Michelle Dee, Transgressions: Breaking the Rules)


Funded/supported by

Borrisokane Is Dancing is a First Fortnight commission, and it is supported by the Department of Justice’s Communities Integration Fund, Dance Ireland’s LaunchPad Bursary, and the Borrisokane Accommodation Centre.

An Instant Dissidence production.


Time: 6pm - Any Timepm

Genres: Dance / Spoken Word

Features: Family friendly

Website: http://www.instantdissidence.org/

No Booking Required

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