Tao of Glass

Philip Glass & Phelim McDermott

Thu 11 July, 2019

Sat 20 July, 2019

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An exploration of life, loss and a single question:
Where does true inspiration come from?

Composer Philip Glass and performer-director Phelim McDermott (Improbable) have worked together on acclaimed opera productions in London, New York and beyond, and Tao of Glass is their most personal collaboration yet. Inspired by a dream, this world premiere marries ten meditations on life, death and Taoist wisdom with ten brand new pieces of music from Glass, presented by McDermott with an ensemble of musicians and puppeteers. Part-concert, part-performance, Tao of Glass is a storytelling tapestry, soundtracked by Glass’s mesmerising music and shot through with Improbable’s trademark theatricality.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Improbable, Perth Festival, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival and Carolina Performing Arts – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in association with Naomi Milgrom AO. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Improbable and the Royal Exchange Theatre.



Image Credit: Tristram Kenton

Composer – Philip Glass
Writer & Co-Director – Phelim McDermott
Co-Director – Kirsty Housley
Designer – Fly Davis
Lighting Designer – Colin Grenfell
Sound Designer – Giles Thomas
Collaborator – Ragnar Freidank
Musical Director – Chris Vatalaro
Assistant Director – Jen Tan
Puppet Designer & Puppet Maker – Lyndie Wright
Design Associate – Camille Etchart
Sound Associate – Sorcha Steele

Puppeteers – Janet Etuk, David Emmings
Performer – Phelim McDermott
Ensemble (Clarinet) – Jack McNeill
Ensemble (Violin) – Rakhi Singh
Ensemble (Piano) – Katherine Tinker
Ensemble (Percussion) – Chris Vatalaro
Puppeteer & Puppet Co-ordinator – Sarah Wright

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