Dublin Dance Festival

GROWING – Spring... As If Trying Not To Own The Earth | Instant Dissidence

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This will be a livestream performance at 7pm on Fri 28 May. The full screening will then be available on demand (bookings close at 11:59pm on Tues 8 June). 

Closed Captions will be available for this performance.

… As If Trying Not To Own The Earth is a year-long dance and food activism project from Instant Dissidence.  

Organised by calendar seasons, the first phase of this project, Spring... As If Trying Not To Own The Earth, involved two residencies – one focused on Growing, the other on Eating. The result of these residencies will take the form of two livestreamed films which are presented as part of Dublin Dance Festival and Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival.  

In this film focused on Growing, we follow the journey dance artist Rita Marcalo took with Carmel Ennis, a Dublin-based gardener. They explored together and shared experiences and knowledge, Rita teaching and sharing movement and dance, and in return gaining a greater understanding about food and sustainable growing practices from Carmel.  

Examining our connection with nature, and our role within our food system and the wider context of climate justice, the project highlights a need to reconnect with our bodies and with the Earth in a sustainable way. 

Enhance your Experience 

Watch Rita’s journey through the first residency in this series as she explored sustainable growing practices with project collaborators. Find out more and book to watch the EATING episode of Spring... As If Trying Not To Own The Earth HERE.

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

... 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. 


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. 

For GROWING – Spring... As If Trying Not To Own The Earth, Instant Dissidence is collaborating with: 

Carmel Ennis 

Carmel believes in creating communities among plants as well as among people. Trained in social science and shaped by the lands of Athy and the living culture of Copenhagen where she lived for many years, she is now a practicing gardener living in Dublin. Her gardening manifesto is 'not everything that is sown or planted survives'. Keep it light. Don't overly disturb soil, as this is home to many organisms and insects. Don't overburden other species with our good intentions. Keep hoping. Carmel's pandemic secret has been singing online with the International Song Group of Upstate Theatre Project led by Farah Elle and Caroline Moreau and with the Sean Nós apprentices of Eithne Ní Chatháin aka Inni - K. Although Carmel is not a professional dancer, she loves performance, theatre and dance, and has performed live with Kitt Johnson in Denmark, Forum Humanum, Louise White in Dublin, Mother You, Upstate Theatre Project in Drogheda, The Immortals and Urban Oratario, CoisceimBroadreach/Anu 38 Women. 

Photo: Carmel Ennis © Rudi Wolf; Rita Marcalo © Kristina Lomas

Runtime: 45 minutes

Country: Ireland

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