David Glass Ensemble (DGE) has begun it’s first co-production with East 15 Acting School on a contemporary theatre piece inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Featuring music by David’s cousin, Philip Glass, and rock music from the 1950s, the performance explores book burning and the death of culture. Associate Artist, Benji Reid will be doing a photo essay on the process and performance. The production is an Ensemble Incubation Project and we are looking to tour internationally in 2018.
Performer Emma Crowly-Bennett has said in her blog; “after the first week of rehearsals for Fahrenheit 451 my head feels like a a pan of bubbling soup, ready to boil over and fuck the lino flooring… I feel inspired, powerful and angry.” For the full blog visit the DGE Facebook page here.
Performances: 17th – 19th November 2016
David will be presenting the Ensemble’s work past and future on 26th of October (7.30pm) at Goldsmiths College, University of London, including The Lost Child Project and Bleak House.
DGE in Asia
Hester Welch has begun a six month contract in Chengdu with our partner in China, Marphy’s Playhouse. During her first month as Head Actor/Teacher she has been coaching the teachers to develop their understanding of creativity, drama and non-formal education. She has been using David’s Creative Practice, schemework created by Professor Joe Winston (University of Warick), as well as her own practice to teach children between the ages of 3 and 12 years. This month she begins directing a new performance installation for families, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Abramović’s Rhythm 0 and Duchamp’s Etant Donne, in preparation for the opening of a new theatre at the Play House. For the full blog visit the DGE Facebook page here.
In November, Associate Artist Jonny Hoskins will be joining Hester in Chengdu to lead a week of Lecoq based training. This intensive course will focus on mask work and clown to provide an introduction to the teaching of the great theatre master, Jacques Lecoq. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com for more information.
More exciting events in China include a key note speech by David in Shanghai. The speech is part of the Alternity Festival at the China Art Museum on the 11th of December 2016.
New Team Member
Elisabeth Gunawan will be joining us as a Producer based in Singapore. In addition to her artistic work, Elizabeth serves as a Performance Lead at Google, working with small and medium businesses to be at the forefront of technology. We are lucky to have her on the team!
In December, International Producer Natalie Richardson and David Glass will be visiting 7 cities in Singapore and China to finalise the tour of Bleak House for Autumn 2017. Back in Europe, Jade MCSharry has been working on the promotional video for Bleak House in Turin, Italy with Enzo Appetecchia and learning more about producing with Natalie Richardson.