Dante or Die make bold and ambitious site-based performances that tour across the country. We transform ordinary spaces to create unique and intimate promenade experiences. Led by co-founders Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, we work to interrogate and celebrate the human condition through the exploration of contemporary social concerns.
Passionate about developing audiences, we seek to dismantle the social and physical barriers to attending our performances. Our participation and training initiatives nurture new talent helping young people find employment in the arts.
Dante or Die has partnered with a wide range of organisations including The Lowry and Almeida Theatre, Arts Partnership Surrey and Creative Arts East as well as businesses such as Hilton Hotel and Lok’nStore. We are SITELINES Associate Artists at South Street in Reading, which champions performance in unusual locations.
The name Dante or Die comes from a graffiti in a skate park in Kennington Park where Daphna and Terry first made a site-based performance together. The words Dante or Die are still scrawled there.
Daphna is Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die Theatre. She has directed all of the company's work to date.
She is also Artistic Director of Peut-Être Theatre, where she creates unforgettable early theatrical experiences. Her directorial work with Peut-Être includes Tidy Up, 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 has worked as an actor, director and producer since 2005. As Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die he has co-created all productions and performed in most.
Other 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), Blackout R&D (China Plate with Katie Lyons & Ella Grace).
Sophie Ignatieff is an experienced creative producer who has produced in house and touring productions across a range of scales and audiences for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Manchester International Festival and the National Theatre. Most recently, she has been working freelance with independent companies Look Left Look Right and tiata fahodzi, as well as emerging theatre-maker Miriam Sherwood on the development and touring of her new cabaret, Rendezvous in Bratislava. She is really excited about joining the Dante or Die team and collaborating on the brilliant projects planned for 2018-19.
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 is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and theatre practitioner who trained in the UK at London Contemporary Dance School and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She has worked on five productions with Dante or Die since 2010 in varying roles as a performer, devisor, workshop leader and rehearsal director. She specialises in developing the physical language of site-specific venues, using her experience in dance to inform the interpretation of narrative within real working spaces.
Outside of her role as Associate Artist, Anna performs regularly with Peut-Etre Theatre touring nationally and internationally in shows Tidy Up and Shh.Bang! as a performer and devisor. She has previously preformed and devised works with Emergency Exit Arts, Maresa Van Stockert’s Tilted Productions, Birdsnest Theatre, Imogen Knight, visual artists including Genetic Moo, Lucy Thane and Dan Chilcott, and BAFTA award winning director Aneil Karia. Music video credits include Deptford Goth, Slow Club and BYFYN.
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, Daphna Attias, Gemma Cook, Faith Dodkins, Liz Eddy, Gareth James, Terry O'Donovan, Tom Smith, Jen Tait, Lib Taylor, Vicky Wilson.
We are hugely grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for support towards the Artistic Director & Producer roles; by South Street Reading and by Stone Nest where we currently call home.