Participation is at the heart of our practice; we create opportunities for a wide range of communities to get involved in the creation and delivery of our productions and lead on bespoke commissioned projects targeted at teenagers, students, older people and many more…..
By interrogating social issues and directly involving those with lived experience we open up imaginations and debate, encouraging people from all walks of life to engage, and directly feed the creative process with authentic voices. Working in areas with low arts provision with multiple partners, participants gain new skills and experiences. Our community partners then foster ongoing long-term local arts engagement.
If you're interested in hearing more about our work with communities then get in touch with Lucy, our Participation Producer.
If you work at university and are interested in having Dante or Die artists work with your students, here is a list of current workshop and mentoring opportunities.
Between January and June 2021 we were 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."
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.
In 2019 we worked with The Lowry’s Young Theatre Makers to present their debut performance as The Offstage Ensemble, Bright Futures.
It’s a busy afternoon at Bright Futures…it’s performance review day for the junior sales team. Join them for a panicky, primal, perfect-score-attaining power hour – where the wannabe executives circle around the photocopier, ready to trip you up on your ‘Real Growth Initiative’ presentation and get lunch all down your ‘Client Impact Objectives’.
The Offstage Ensemble in collaboration with Dante or Die transformed an unused office space into an original landscape of ambition, competition…and, er… complete professionalism.
Directed by Clare Dunn
More info can be found here
At any point a life will end.
This is a play about how we cope with the inevitable.
An exploration of a universal story that will affect all of us at some point.
This surprising, humorous and personal look at how we deal with the end of life saw us collaborate with Sheffield People's Theatre. We had spent months planning a unique theatrical experience, starting at the Crucible then on to the city centre's Upper Chapel, where audiences would have been led through a series of intimate experiences by a 50-strong cast.
Due to the pandemic, this co-production with Sheffield Theatres, was not able to go ahead. We hope to be able to revisit the play at some point soon.
Written by Andrew Muir
Directed by Anna Richmond