2020 | Instant Dissidence


Dance | Ireland

(Postponed for Buffer Fringe 2021)

When the lockdown happened in March 2020, Irish-based company Instant Dissidence cancelled its tour. Members returned to their home countries: Ireland, UK, Belgium, South Korea, Norway. We are now a dispersed company.

For Buffer Fringe Festival we will investigate how to create new work from this dispersed state, and our process will initially involve online meetings/rehearsals. As we are a no-fly company (committed to a ‘kinder to the planet’ modality of touring), our travel to Cyprus will be via land and sea. Departing from Dublin, we will pass through various European countries, with a final travel stage from Istanbul to Cyprus.

Our work will make use of live performance, film, augmented reality, and mapping methodologies to investigate what site-specific work might mean both in terms of the performance site (local artists and communities), and of the sites we pass through whilst we travel to the performance site.


An Instant Dissidence production
Supported by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Additional support by Dance Ireland
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England


Creative Team:

Artistic Director: Rita Marcalo
Project Manager: Kristina Lomas
Dancers: Amber Howells, Amber Bosteels, Nora Aas, Isla Hurst, Luis Dunn, Kieran West

Thinking Partner:

Erdogan Kavaz is a freelance actor/producer/director from Nicosia, Cyprus. He graduated in 2013 from Anadolu University/State Conservatory/Theatre Department/Acting. He started to work for several theaters after graduation. He is teaching as a freelancer as well as at the Naci Talat Foundation.

Instant Dissidence | (Postponed for Buffer Fringe 2021) photo 1
The Rebellion, 2019, photograph © Jane Hobson

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