An exploration of life, loss and a single question:
Where does true inspiration come from?
Composer Philip Glass and performer-director Phelim McDermott have worked together on epic productions of the operas Akhnaten and Satyagraha, and Tao of Glass is their most personal collaboration yet. Inspired by a dream, this production marries ten meditations on life, death and Taoist wisdom with ten brand new pieces by Glass, performed by McDermott with an ensemble of musicians and puppeteers.
Part-concert, part-performance, Tao of Glass is a storytelling tapestry, soundtracked by Glass’ mesmerising music and shot through with Improbable’s trademark theatricality.
Long before co-founding his theatre company Improbable and becoming an Olivier award-winning Best Director, a young McDermott spotted Glass in London and followed him around Covent Garden. That was almost four decades ago, and the two artists have since worked together multiple times. When Tao of Glass premiered at the Manchester International Festival 2019, it won rave reviews from all of the major media.