Dante or Die create ambitious and striking site-sensitive productions. Inspired by contemporary stories and the enchanting in the everyday, our collaborations result in compelling theatre that choreograph audiences through unpredictable theatrical journeys. Dante or Die’s Co-Artistic Directors are Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan.
The name 'Dante or Die' comes from the site where Terry & Daphna first made a site-specific performance together in the skate park of Kennington Park many years ago. The grafitti that has the words Dante or Die 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 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).
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, Faith Dodkins, Liz Eddy, 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.