Dante or Die: La Fille a La Mode


Dante or Die create ambitious and striking site-sensitive productions. Inspired by contemporary stories and the enchanting in the everyday, our collaborations result in compelling theatre that choreograph audiences through unpredictable theatrical journeys. Dante or Die’s Co-Artistic Directors are Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan.

The name 'Dante or Die' comes from the site where Terry & Daphna first made a site-specific performance together in the skate park of Kennington Park alongside Clare Parke-Davies and Anthea Neagle. The grafitti that has the words Dante or Die is still scrawled there...



DAPHNA ATTIAS - Co-Artistic Director

Daphna Attias

Daphna is Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die Theatre. She has directed all of the company's work to date: Take On Me, Handle With Care, I DoLa Fille à la Mode, Side Effects, Caliper Boy, Clunk.

She is also Artistic Director of Peut-Être Theatre, where she creates unforgettable early theatrical experiences. Her directorial work with Peut-Être includes  Shh...Bang!The Tin Soldier, Dare to Sea, Draw me a Bird, The Bug and the Butterfly This is a That. 

Her work has been presented and performed nationally and internationally at venues such as Almeida Theatre, Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, Brighton Festival, Southbank Centre, The Place, Royal Opera House, The Lowry, Barnsley Civic, The Arc Stockton, The Egg Bath, Polka Theare, National Theatre's Watch This Space, Drama Centre Singapore, Ziguzajg Festival Malta, Israel Festival for Children in Israel. 

TERRY O’DONOVAN - Co-Artistic Director

Terry O'Donovan

Terry has worked as an actor, director and producer since 2005. As Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die he has co-created all productions, performed in most, and co-directed La Fille à la Mode and Clunk. He performs in Take On Me, Handle With Care, I Do, Caliper Boy and Side Effects

Directing credits include On The Wire (Best Production, Irish Times Theatre Awards Nom; Wildebeest Theatre Co for Limerick City of Culture), The Secret Princess of Severndroog (Look Left Look Right commission for Greenwich & Docklands International Festival), Spin Cycle (Emergency Exit Arts), Our Dancing Feet and Home Fires (Inroads & Zap Arts).

In 2012 he co-founded TOOT to make Ten Out of Ten, an Ovalhouse commission toured throughout 2013 & 2014. Since then he has co-created Be Here Now and Focus Group* which have both toured nationally.

LUCY ATKINSON – Executive Producer

Lucy is a creative and executive producer of large and small scale multi-disciplinary shows and festivals. Senior Producer at Roundhouse London, Lucy is responsible for developing and producing all Roundhouse performing arts commissions, productions and incoming shows (excluding circus). As Executive Producer for Dante or Die, Lucy leads on organisational strategy and business development.

Lucy has developed partnerships and projects with companies and artists such as David Byrne, Ron Arad, Conrad Shawcross, Akram Khan Company, Wayne McGregor, Ex Machina, Mark Storor, Tall Stories, Peut-Être, Look Left Look Right, NonZeroOne, FUEL, Paines Plough, the BAC, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Young Vic, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells and LIFT.

ANNA WOOLHOUSE – Associate Artist

Anna Woolhouse

Anna is a contemporary dancer and theatre practitioner, having trained in the UK at London Contemporary Dance School and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She has worked with Dante or Die since 2010, where she performed and toured in La FIlle a La Mode. She performed and devised I Do and Treasure at the V&A, worked on the research and development of Handle With Care and was the rehearsal director for Take On Me.

Anna also performs and devises for Daphna’s children’s theatre company Peut-Être Theatre, in Shh…Bang!, Tin Soldier and a new show being developed Summer/Autumn 2017. She has also been directed by Terry in his collaboration with Emergency Exit Arts, Spin Cycle. Outside of Dante, Anna has worked with companies and practitioners including Maresa Van Stockert’s Tilted Productions, Birdsnest Theatre, Imogen Knight, visual artists including Genetic Moo and Dan Chilcott, and director Aneil Karia. Music video credits include Deptford Goth, Slow Club and BYFYN. 


Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, Matt Ball, Faith Dodkins, Liz Eddy, Sarah MacDonald, Jen Tait, Lib Taylor, Vicky Wilson.

We are hugely grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for support towards the Artistic Director & Producer roles.