DaViD GlaSS EnsemBLE

Established in 1990, the David Glass Ensemble create inspiring and extraordinary theatre for a world stage. Having worked in over 70 countries worldwide, David and the Ensemble are bringing current and revived work to a new generation. The Ensemble collaborates with the best of performers, designers, writers and composers, mixing established talent with the upcoming.
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David GLass EnsembLe

Established in 1990, the David Glass Ensemble create inspiring and extraordinary theatre for a world stage. Having worked in over 70 countries worldwide, David and the Ensemble are bringing current and revived work to a new generation. The Ensemble collaborates with the best of performers, designers, writers and composers, mixing established talent with the upcoming.
ABOUT

DAVID GLASS ENSEMBLE

Established in 1990, the David Glass Ensemble create inspiring and extraordinary theatre for a world stage. Having worked in over 70 countries worldwide, David and the Ensemble are bringing current and revived work to a new generation. The Ensemble collaborates with the best of performers, designers, writers and composers, mixing established talent with the upcoming.
ABOUT

David Glass Ensemble

Established in 1990, the David Glass Ensemble create inspiring and extraordinary theatre for a world stage. Having worked in over 70 countries worldwide, David and the Ensemble are bringing current and revived work to a new generation. The Ensemble collaborates with the best of performers, designers, writers and composers, mixing established talent with the upcoming.
ABOUT

Learning

Internationally it is believed that there is a right and necessity for people, particularly the young, to learn the craft of performing and theatre making to open and transform their bodies, minds, hearts and worlds. This is central to the Ensemble’s work. We believe learning is a human right, not a commodity.

Always beginning in the body, our learning strand roots itself in the belief that people fundamentally want to have relationships with each other, the world around them and themselves. David’s practice in theatre and social engagement is now used by NGOs, theatre companies and individuals around the world.

 

PERFORMANCE & THEATRE    CENTER FOR CREATIVE PRACTICE

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AB Project

On July 22nd 2011 Anders Breivik, a known far right extremist, shot dead 69 young people of a Workers Youth League summer camp on the Island of Utoya. It was to become the biggest European homeland terrorist attack in recent times. The AB Project is an extraordinary three year International Youth Arts Participation Project where this real life tragedy will be explored as a source for positive expression and renewal.

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Ensemble Films

Ensemble Films is an emerging collaborative partnership with filmmakers Paul Zetter, Robert Golden and the David Glass Ensemble.

Originally established from Paul Zetter’s work with the Ensemble and David Glass’s Creative Practice fifteen years ago, Paul Zetter has gone on to be a leading filmmaker for the development sector in South East Asia. He is based in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Through this collaborative partnership Paul will engage wider audiences in both the processes and outcomes of creative filmmaking. With his experience in producing, directing and in-the-field filmmaking, Paul is now ready to bring this experience to the project.

Robert Golden has been an award winning photographer and filmmaker all his life. Robert has directed 2 feature films, over 30 documentaries- mostly about food, culture and the arts, and has lit and directed over 900 commercials for television. He continues to explore new avenues of film making and photography.

In this new collaboration Ensemble Films will be working on a range of projects including the documentation of the international youth arts citizen project, AB Project, and the development of the Ensemble’s performance piece This Changes Everything, based on Naomi Klein’s seminal book on climate change and capitalism.

Reviews

Working with David and the ensemble was central and formative for me in developing my craft as an educator and filmmaker. To work in such a skilled, non judgmental space – wherever that space might be – filled a well of creativity I’m still drawing on today…to a world of possibilities, no words can expresses my gratitude to the David Glass Ensemble.

Paul Zetter, Filmmaker – Educator

David Glass remains one of the key figures of British Theatre – his unique physical style and surreal sense of story have inspired a whole generation of companies and performers who think with their whole bodies and beings. David’s parallel commitment to addressing some of the world’s most urgent issues also continues to inspire me and many others.

John McGrath, Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival

David has an intuitive knowledge that enables him to access the child within all of us. That child may be unsure, tentative, dreaming or buried in a forced premature adulthood. Through his creative processes he allows the stories of the children to emerge and unfold. In seeing those stories take shape externally the children can celebrate again.

Rob Hale, Trainer Maynard Leigh

This new production from the David Glass Ensemble keeps snagging at the mind.

Review of Unheimlich Spine by Susannah Clapp of The Observer

A great theatre pioneer this country and across the globe.

Dominic Cavendish, interviewing David on theatrevoice

David’s approach with people of all ages backgrounds and experience is to see, hear and feel them, and apply his teaching to their specific needs, and qualities. In this way, his workshops are bursting with gems of wisdom – that guide practice, craft and also things essential to being.

Melissa Eveleigh Trainer, Director and Activist

Astonishing. Magnificent to watch. A rich reflection of the book

Independent on Gormenghast

The David Glass Ensemble has developed a distinctive style of physical theatre…This is total ensemble performing, where acting and effects and movement are fused seamlessly. I love their work

Review of Gormenghast by Gail-Nina Anderson

He’s a unique imagination – a provocation. Truly political. Makes theatre about things that matter… A story teller.

Paule Constable, Tony and Olivier award winning Lighting Designer, Associate Director of the National Theatre

David has conducted several workshops at my acting studio in Singapore for my community of actors and creatives. Each time, the students and I are blown away by how astute he is guiding each individual towards releasing their inner child and being more in touch with their creative selves. I would absolutely trust David to lead any ensemble regardless of age, training, experience or background.

Kamil Haque, founder of Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity, Singapore

Rigour, humour, deep knowledge, demanding and insightful – nothing escapes David Glass, one of “the” teachers of our time.  Get to a workshop if you can no matter your age or skills.

Tina Ellen Lee, Artistic Director and Producer/Opera Circus

From the first time I saw his work at the Edinburgh Festival in 1985 I knew that David Glass was an outstanding talent. His mesmerising physical skills shine beacon bright in the history of physical theatre and his gifts as a teacher and creative inspirer have allowed his work to resonate through the industry. I look forward to the work the David Glass Ensemble might produce in the future, and above all to the mouth-watering prospect of once again seeing David himself onstage.

Tom Morris, Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic

David Glass is the provocation we needed.

Topi Dalmata, Italy

For some forty years as a performer, director, teacher, and advocate, David has been a powerful and influential voice in the world of physical and visual theatre.

Joseph Seelig, Founding Director of London International Mime Festival

From the first time I saw his work at the Edinburgh Festival in 1985 I knew that David Glass was an outstanding talent. His mesmerising physical skills shine beacon bright in the history of physical theatre and his gifts as a teacher and creative inspirer have allowed his work to resonate through the industry. I look forward to the work the David Glass Ensemble might produce in the future, and above all to the mouth-watering prospect of once again seeing David himself onstage.

Tom Morris, Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic

David Glass gave me the tools and vision for creating authentic work.

Amit Lahav, Theatre Director (Gecko Theatre)

David Glass is one of the world’s great theatre teachers. He is of the most inspiring and creative teachers of performance skills that I have had the pleasure of working with.

Mike Alfreds, Theatre Director (RCS, National Theatre, The Globe, Founder of Shared Experience)

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David Glass has performed, directed and taught in over seventy countries. Trained at the Lecoq school in Paris he has also studied with Augusto Boal, Growtowski, Peter Brook, Alvin Ailey and Mike Alfreds.

David worked as a soloist performing in forty countries before establishing the David Glass Ensemble in 1990 and winning international awards including TMA award for best director for his adaptation of Gormenghast. In 1998 he established the Lost Child Project using theatre to create a platform for street children around the world to voice their stories. Taking place in 22 countries The Lost Child Project, helped establish a highly creative approach to Arts In Development. In 2000 he established the Centre For Creative Development in Cambodia training aid agencies in Creative Practice in partnership with VBNK (Cambodian learning organization). Here he developed a five stage practical Creative Process that is now used across the world. Through his forty years of work he has been one of the founders of the Physical/Visual, Devised and Applied Theatre movements.

David continues to write, direct and teach around the world. He established the Centre for Creative Practice (CCP) with Professor Lynn McDonald, which trains creative workers, development agencies and education organizations to deliver higher quality work. Through this he has become lead trainer in creativity for the International Labour Organization working for the UN. He is a Visiting Tutor in the UK at LAMDA, East 15, Bath Spa University, Surrey University as well as the Kami Haque Centre in Singapore and DPAC in Malaysia. He is also writing a book with Director Mike Alfred’s on ‘Directing, Theatre and Life’.

David has now relaunched the Ensemble as a platform to help establish young people in the arts and theatre internationally. David continues to work nationally and internationally and mentors 16 young artists around the world. He believes passionately in the power of art and creativity and it’s ability to positively transform the world.

Past students of David include Emma Thompson, Stephen Daldry (Billy Eliot) Simon McBurney (Theatre de Complicite), Amit Lehav (Gecko Theatre), Jim Chim (Theatre Ensemble Hong Kong), Tina Ellen Lee (Opera Circus), Tom Morris (Warhorse) and Adam Sunderland (Sticks Theatre).

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David Glass Ensemble
Theatre Building,
Bath Spa University,
Newton St Loe Newton Park,
Bath,
BA2 9BN
United Kingdom

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