Dante or Die: OUTREACH, PARTICIPATION, WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING

PARTICIPATION

Dante or Die create professional opportunities within their bodies of work, and for specific projects. Take On Me includes a core participation cast who rehearsed and tour the production, as well as opportunities to be involved at every location. One role in Handle With Care was played by 7 teenage girls and I Do features a local 10 year old at every location. 

Daphna and Terry regularly mentor the students of Royal Central School of Speech & Drama's MA Advanced Theatre Practice. 

COMMUNITY PRODUCTIONS

In 2014 we collaborated with the V&A Museum to create a show directed and performed by professional Dante or Die associates with members of Pimento Group in Westway. Treasure was inspired by the company's new work in development, Handle With Care, exploring what ojects are treasures to you... Director Clare Dunn and performer Stuart Barter delivered workshops at the V&A, creating stories and characters for a brand new promenade performance through the corridors of the V&A. Click here to watch a film made during the process.

Co-Artistic Director’s Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan have excellent experience creating productions involving community casts and participants. Recent projects include:

Home Fires
by Sarah Clifford (ZAP Arts & Inroads Productions in collaboration with Ragroof Players)
Directed by Terry O’Donovan
A large-scale, site-specific outdoor promenade around Newhaven Fort. Inspired by local stories about families experiences of WWI the show was a collaboration with video-mapping artists Shared Space & Light and sound artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie. The production was performed by a professional cast and over fifty members of the community from Newhaven, Brighton and Eastbourne. 

Our Dancing Feet
by Sarah Clifford (ZAP Arts & Inroads Productions in collaboration with Ragroof Players)
Directed by Terry O’Donovan
A site-responsive dance/theatre piece celebrating the history of the Regent Ballroom in Brighton and the Winter Garden in Eastbourne, with both a professional cast and community dancers.

Spin Cycle
by Emergency Exit Arts
Directed by Terry O’Donovan
Spin to win the ultimate luxury lifestyle in a daring musical on the move involving community casts at its heart. Will you be the next contestant? This fantasy fable fuses physical performance with street theatre in a playful show created by acclaimed UK company Emergency Exit Arts.

SHOW-SPECIFIC LONG-TERM WORKSHOPS

We have created participation projects for our shows La Fille à la Mode (in collaboration with Masterclass Theatre Trust), Side Effects (funded by BCBW) and Caliper Boy. Here are a couple of videos about these workshops to get an idea of what we got up to:

La Fille à la Mode Masterclass Residency
Side Effects Weekly Workshops in the Queens Park area

WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES

We offer a range of physical theatre and site-specific creation workshops from 2 hour devising sessions to day and week-long residencies. Using directors Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan’s unique blend of space, movement, text and music the company will tailor their workshop programmes to your participants’ needs. Recent workshops include National Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket, University of Reading and Central School of Speech and Drama.

Workshops are available to outreach and community groups as well as students and professional actors, dancers, directors, choreographers and artists. Projects include:

  • Creating performance in alternative spaces
  • Choreography of buildings
  • Devising dance-theatre
  • Crash course in site specific devising
  • Site-specific & promenade performance skills for actors

Daphna and Terry are also available to direct performances, or to mentor students and companies. For more information please contact Terry at terry@danteordie.com.