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-speicific performance together in the skate park of Kennington Park alongside Clare Parke-Davies and Anthea Neagle. The grafitti that has the words Dante or Die is still scrawled there...
We are hugely grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for support towards the Artistic Director & Producer roles.
Daphna is Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die Theatre. She has directed all of the company's work to date: Take On Me, Handle With Care, I Do, La Fille à la Mode, Side Effects, Caliper Boy, Clunk.
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 is a performer and director. As Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die he has co-created all productions, performed in most, and co-directed La Fille à la Mode and Clunk. He performs in Take On Me, Handle With Care, I Do, Caliper Boy and Side Effects.
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), Spin Cycle (Emergency Exit Arts), Our Dancing Feet and Home Fires (Inroads & Zap Arts).
In 2012 he co-founded TOOT to make Ten Out of Ten, an Ovalhouse commission toured throughout 2013 & 2014. Supported by Escalator the company made their second show, Be Here Now, which premiered at Shoreditch Town Hall before touring the UK. They are currently touring Focus Group* (or How to Stare Down and Transfigure Loneliness).
Faith is Company Manager for Dante or Die Theatre and Peut-Être Theatre. She is a freelance Stage Manager within visual arts, theatre, circus, dance and music. Faith graduated Performance and Visual Art Theatre BA at The University of Brighton in 2013. Recent production projects for Dante or Die include Take On Me (National tour) I Do (Sitelines Festival), Handle With Care (National Tour). Shows for Peut-Être Theatre include The Little Bird Who Stayed For Winter (Roundhouse, London), Shh…Bang! (International and National Tour), The Tin Soldier (Arc Stockton, Roundhouse London, National Tour), Dare to Sea (National Tour and Mediatheque Festival, Israel), Clunk (National Tour)
Other Stage Manager credits include: Little Match Girl (Open Heart Productions at Taiwan tour) Focus Group* (TOOT at Shoreditch Town Hall and South Street), Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court), Fagin (Youth Music Theatre at South Hill Park), Little Universe (Fevered Sleep at Barbican Walthomstow Garden Party), Side Affect (MAD’ED Theatre at Contact, Manchester), Bridges y Puentes (The Ragroof Players Site Specific Margate) and Our Dancing Feet (Inroads & Zap Arts at Site Specific East Sussex) Come Fly with Me, Pirates Adventure, and Reloaded (Globo Balear, Spain).
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 is a contemporary dancer and theatre practitioner, having trained in the UK at London Contemporary Dance School and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She has worked with Dante or Die since 2010, where she performed and toured in La FIlle a La Mode. She performed and devised I Do and Treasure at the V&A, worked on the research and development of Handle With Care and was the rehearsal director for Take On Me.
Anna also performs and devises for Daphna’s children’s theatre company Peut-Être Theatre, in Shh…Bang!, Tin Soldier and a new show being developed Summer/Autumn 2017. She has also been directed by Terry in his collaboration with Emergency Exit Arts, Spin Cycle. Outside of Dante, Anna has worked with companies and practitioners including Maresa Van Stockert’s Tilted Productions, Birdsnest Theatre, Imogen Knight, visual artists including Genetic Moo and Dan Chilcott, and director Aneil Karia. Music video credits include Deptford Goth, Slow Club and BYFYN.
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, Matt Ball, Faith Dodkins, Liz Eddy, Emma Forster, Sarah MacDonald, Jen Tait, Lib Taylor, Vicky Wilson.