Dante or Die is a UK based site-specific theatre company touring nationally & internationally.
Dante or Die makes bold and ambitious site-specific touring performances. We gently transform ordinary spaces to create unique and intimate theatrical experiences.
Led by co-founders Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, our original productions interrogate and celebrate contemporary human stories that take place in everyday buildings - from hotel rooms to swimming pools to cafés. Read more About Us here and our latest News below.
In June we finished 72 performances of our new production, Skin Hunger. What a joy to meet audiences one-on-one in this unique performance installation.
"My cheek is folded into his neck. He’s speaking into my ear and I can feel his chest rising and falling against me. This hug is long, gentle, intimate and alien. Thanks to the huge sheet of plastic squeezed between us, covering us from head to toe and several feet further, it’s also completely risk-assessed." - Read The Guardian's Preview of the production
"It’s hauntingly moving and best captures both the unpredictability of touch, of when it might come next and of what it represents, and the feeling that this semblance of skin contact, this almost-touch, is both never enough and sometimes all we ever get." - Exeunt
"This extraordinary piece of immersive theatre...identifies not only the barriers between people, but the vital invisible connections which remain present, and which we must relearn, post-pandemic" - Everything Theatre
"The production plays with the illusion of intimacy, the encounters simultaneously tender and jarringly artificial." - The Stage
Three performers swathed in plastic; three intimate one-on-one experiences. Daphna Attias directs three compelling monologues written by Ann Akinjirin, Tim Crouch and Sonia Hughes which explore the fundamental role that touch plays in our lives, with refreshing humour and insight.
Skin Hunger Nominated for two Offies Awards
We're so pleased that Skin Hunger has been nominated for two Offies Awards: Best Production and Best Performance in the Offies IDEA category which celebrates innovative/ devised / experiential / atypical work. Thanks to the team at Offies for celebrating the production.
Odds On is a new digital production that submerges you into the world of Honey Money - a garish online gambling site. We are experimenting with creative technologists Marmelo, and engaging with local problem gambling communities in Salford, Kent & Reading, to create an episodic, online theatrical experience. Audiences will follow an older woman through the gambling site's lens; peering through her screen as she spends more & more time consumed by racking up the ‘Honey Money’.
Odds On has been commissioned by The Lowry's Live Now commissions, Lighthouse Poole and Farnham Maltings' New Popular programme, and will be created in partnership with Ideas Test, Kent & South Street, Reading. The project will be developed over the course of 2021 and presented to online audiences in 2022. Odds On is funded by Arts Council England.
Digital Devising Projects
Between January and June 2021 we've been blown away by the creativity of young people in Lancaster and Kent that we've had the pleasure to work with. At The Dukes, Lancaster we devised a short film, in partnership with Raindance the largest independent film festival. The young arts activists that took part created a film inspired by the theme of protest. Our Co-Artistic Director, Terry, reflects on the project here.
"Not only has the creativity and energy of these young artists has been inspiring to the entire team, but their deep engagement with knotty contemporary issues has been giving all of the adults in the Zoom room much needed hope for both the wellbeing of our fellow humans and for the future of art to provoke and get people talking."
And at Will Adams Centre in Gillingham, Kent we spent six months creating a new audio-visual work titled Morpheus. Commisioned by Theatre 31 & Ideas Test, it was led by brilliant freelance associates James Baldwin and Marie Horner. You can experience the digital journey here.