2017 DON’T YOU DARE! (R&D)

CrisisArt Festival, Arezzo, Italy – June 2017

A collaboration between Panta Rei Theatre and the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University.

DON’T YOU DARE! (originally called HOME)  is a performance-presentation written, directed and performed by Chiara D’Anna. It’s an artist’s journey back home to rediscover her cultural, historical and personal roots. Utilising both autobiographical and historical material Chiara explored what it means to be a migrant artist; not necessarily as the eternal ‘traveller’ but rather the eternal ‘outsider’: the one who doesn’t fully ‘belong’ and is therefore ‘other’…different. This feels particularly relevant to her and her personal story since the result of last June’s referendum and the post-Brexit climate in the UK.

Focussing on the demonisation and repression of women, especially independent strong women like the actresses of Commedia dell’Arte,  Don’t You Dare! weaves a narrative across centuries of vicious attacks on the arts and freedom of expression.

The piece interweaves the personal, artistic and historical dimension in an episodic story-telling piece.


Written, Directed & Performed by Chiara D’Anna

Light Designer: Chiara D’Anna & Will Dameron
Photo by: John Kellam