Tao of Glass dress rehearsal

Philip Glass & Phelim McDermott


Thu 01 January -
Thu 11 July

Running time

1 hour 45 mins (no interval)


Royal Exchange Theatre webBreak St Ann's Square, M2 7DH

Price range

FREE, pre-booking essential webBreak webBreak Max 2 tickets per person

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.

Philip Glass – Composer
Phelim McDermott – Writer, Performer & Co-Director
Kirsty Housley – Co Director
Fly Davis – Designer
Colin Grenfell – Lighting Designer
Giles Thomas – Sound Designer
Ragnar Freidank – Documentary Maker & Collaborator

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Improbable, Perth Festival, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen 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.

Photo: Christian Sturn


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