ABOUT US

Dante or Die makes bold and ambitious site-specific performances that tour across the country and internationally. 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.

We have collaborated with leading arts venues across the UK including Traverse Theatre, The Lowry & The Almeida alongside grassroots organisations in the localities in which we make work and is a registered charity. Dante or Die are SITELINES Associate Artists at South Street Reading, which champions performances in unusual spaces.

Making performances in different spaces opens up unexpected and exciting opportunities to create wide-ranging partnerships with organisations, businesses and communities, locally, nationally and internationally. We collaborate with local people wherever we work, whether that’s in our research phase, in rehearsals or spreading the word about seeing a show or getting involved. You can read more about this here.

The team at Dante or Die is passionate about developing audiences, and making our projects open to as many people in every community that we work. This includes a commitment to embedding BSL interpretation or captioning in all performances. Our participation and training initiatives nurture new talent, helping young people and those changing career paths to find employment in the arts.

The name Dante or Die comes from the site where Daphna and Terry first made a site-specific performance together in the skate park of Kennington Park many years ago. The grafitti containing the words Dante or Die are still scrawled there...

ACADEMIC COLLABORATION

We regularly collaborate with academics and universities to create our productions. Our creative teams, led by Artistic Directors Daphna and Terry are always inspired by these unique insights into specific subject matters. Some highlights from these collaborations include:

Side Effects: The Wellcome Trust funded our collaboration with Dr Ian Bates & PhD student Laura Obiols from London School of Pharmacy on the development of the production, which focused on social medicine. Through a series of interviews, Bates & Obiols research and knowledge fed into the development of the production. At London performances of the production Obiols interviewed audience members about their own use of medicine, which in turn fed into her own research outputs.

User Not Found: We partnered with Professor Lib Taylor at University of Reading who researched the use of social media within immersive performance. An AHRC-funded project, it was a collaboration between ourselves, University of Reading's Film, Theatre & Television Dept, Marmelo, John Troyer at University of Bath's Centre for Death & Society and South Street Reading.  You can read more about the collaboration on the project's website.

In addition, Dr Alexander Lyon, a cardiologist specialising in Takotsubo ‘Broken Heart’ Syndrome consulted on the production. Dr Lyon helped us to develop a section of the performance that focused on how grief can affect the body. We hosted a post-show discussion with Dr Lyon that explored his knowledge of Broken Heart Syndrome.

De-commissioned Prison Project: For our production in development, exploring the LGBT+ experience within prisons we are collaborating with Nicola Carr at University of Nottingham and Ian Feis-Bryce at Royal Holloway on an academic research project investigating LGBTQ+ experiences in UK prisons. We are excited about this collaboration, which will both influence the development of our production and feed into Carr and Feis-Bryce’s current research through interviews and focus groups with people who have personal experience of the prison system.

Daphna Attias

Daphna Attias

Co-Artistic Director

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Terry O'Donovan'

Terry O'Donovan

Co-Artistic Director

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Sophie Ignatieff

Sophie Ignatieff

Producer

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Lucy Atkinson

Executive Producer

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Anna Woolhouse

Associate Artist

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Sophie Gunn

Access Associate

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Non Executive Directors: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord (Chair), Gemma Cook, Liz Eddy, Gareth James, Tom Smith, Jen Tait, Lib Taylor.

Executive Directors: Daphna Attias, Terry O'Donovan.

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