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World Premiere: Tao of Glass, Philip Glass & Phelim McDermott


  • Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester (map)

World Premiere at Manchester International Festival 2019

Tao of Glass

Philip Glass & Phelim McDermott

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. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Improbable and the Royal Exchange Theatre.