AB PROJECT

AB PROJECT

“The young will take back what was taken from them; the future.”
David Glass, Director of the 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.

Although these 69 young voices have passed, their memories and stories will live on through arts engagement, creative discourse, and ultimately, celebration. 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. Between 2017 and 2020 the project will be developed through a series of seminars, workshops and devising processes and in 2020 the project will culminate in an International Youth Production, based loosely on the book ‘One Of Us’ by Asne Seierstad. The contemporary themes of political polarisation, social justice and hope will be interrogated through the form of performance and the digital arts.

Building on the David Glass Ensemble’s ground breaking The Lost Child Project (which created a platform for the voices of thousands of street children across 22 countries), the AB Project will use creative skill learning and critical reflection in order to train the artists and leaders of the future.

Countries involved so far include; England, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Norway, Serbia, Canada, Singapore and China.

Legacy through creative citizenship

A legacy of creative learning and peer to peer education will become a lasting resource to help prevent radicalization and polarization amongst the young world wide.

AB Project Values

  • Intergenerational and artistic learning
  • Collaboration
  • Creative engagement and dialogue through the arts
  • Youth empowerment and leadership
  • Creative citizenship and legacy
Turin to Siena and back to London

Turin to Siena and back to London

I met Natalie Richardson and her husband Enzo after flying in to Turin airport on 7th September. Our aim was to create a Promotional video for Bleak House, a show I had previously been a part of at The Arts University Bournemouth and am now assistant producer for. Youth Empowerment is at the heart of the Bleak House project and it was for this reason that I was so enthusiastic about this project. I am excited to be working with Natalie who is teaching me what the role of producer includes. I learnt a vast amount in three short days from how to develop a realistic show budget to how to negotiate meetings with funding boards. We worked through the day and enjoyed Turin’s wonders during the evening. This lively place has the delights of warm evenings, amazing food and plenty of places to sit around together being creative.

After a five hour train journey I arrived in the beautiful place called Siena. The buzz of the city seemed to lend itself to the creative spirit. It was here I met with The Theatre Collective of Siena, a theatre group composed of roughly eight women who were directed by David Glass. This group were inspiring to watch, composing true beauty with the strength of the women’s form. I assisted David in production meetings where we discussed the future of the theatre group and how they could transform the out dated and repressive theatre system within Italy and internationally.

This trip was truly humbling, to work with such talented and kind performers and producers, the Italians showed me just how uncomfortably polite the English are and how we need to change this if we are to carry on being successful in theatre.

ENOUGH WITH THE STIFF POLITE THEATRE BRITAIN! Time to move on to real reality.

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

Fahrenheit 451

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
Booking information

Event

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 hesterwelch@davidglassensemble.org 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!

Bleak House

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.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“As a teacher David Glass pushed me completely out of my comfort zone, but I achieved more than I ever thought I could.”

Emma Williams

“David creates a space that enables creativity and an ability to explore feelings free of judgment. This gives us an unprecedented freedom. Those precious keys opened new doors in my life and my career.”

Jalal Ablaroubi

“David Glass has the ability as a teacher and a director to find memories and knowledge within the actor, which once explored in enough detail can become the purest and rawest material.”

Alex Pinnard

“David Glass is insightful, challenging, unique and a true artist. David is one the most controversial people I have ever met whom is also very generous and down to earth, his teaching and directing approach breaks the mould by encouraging debate and opinions; while emphasising that no answer or question is wrong or idiotic and that embracing life’s failures encourages understanding and perspective.”

Becky Ayling

“David as a teacher always puts his student’s development above anything else. His lessons are far more than learning information to be regurgitated in an exam; they are more concerned with the growth and development of the students as people rather than products. My belief is that the arts need more people like David Glass directing theatre. David makes exiting theatre that has a message and I feel David is one of the rare directors that can evoke change through their theatre. David has helped me develop as an actor and a person.”

Matt Penson

“I do not believe I have respected an individual, I have come across in my life as much as David Glass, so far. David has been an influential teacher and director to me, allowing me to have a voice and a platform in which to climb on, as I start my adventure into this exciting industry. David has not just influenced me professionally, but has influenced how I see the world and how I can change the world. Giving me belief that I can make a difference using my art. Everyone should be given the privilege to listen and learn from David, a wacky old git with an intelligent head and a good heart.”

Jake McDaid

“An annoying evil genius”

An undead ex-student

“I have been fortunate to take part in several of David’s workshops here in Singapore and have found them to be eye-opening. Not only do they encourage deep insights into acting and Art, but also into the very world around us. Bursting bubbles and emerging with fresh views is a provocative and revealing result of taking part in these workshops. David’s classes have also given me wonderful tools to work with in particular, The Actors’ Meditation which I have used personally and also with other actors, and have found it to be so very valuable.”

Susie Penrice Tyrie

“David is a great trainer!”

Lim Xin Yi

“I really appreciate [David] teaching us Active Meditation and allowing me to share it with others. I truly see the benefit it brings others and in return, it gives me great pleasure to co-create with others; to help others get present with their bodies and minds and to function as a human being, not a robot… David has a great eye for detail and constantly reviews and provides insights about exercises which is greatly beneficial for his students. His method of teaching also provides his students, tools that they can readily use when they leave the workshops. David is a person of remarkable talent coupled with a warm and generous spirit which is apparent in the way he gives his time and energy to his students. David Glass shows us, truly how theatre and the arts is essential to a conscious and well-rounded life.”

Varshini

 

Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

“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, 2007

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

Independent on Gormenghast, 2007

“BAC’s welcome revival of David Glass’ award-winning 1992 production is a reminder of the enduring influence his pioneering physical theatre style has had on scores of young companies over the last decade and a half.”

The Stage, 2007

“David Glass’s production of Gormenghast is a Gothic gorge-fest that cannot fail to entertain.”

Chris High review, 2007

“A cunningly-wrought gothic phantasmagoria which deservedly adds to Glass’s reputation as a prime synthesist of theatre forms.”

Review of Gormenghast written in City Limits, 1992

“[David’s] scope and ambition are admirable”

Review of La Dolce Vita, Financial Times, 1996

“A great theatre pioneer this country and across the globe.”

Dominic Cavendish interviewing David on theatrevoice, 2005

“created with imagination and flair.”

What’s On Stage review of The Hoarder, 2004

“this new production from the David Glass Ensemble keeps snagging at the mind.”

Review of Unheimlich Spine by Susannah Clapp of The Observer, 2001

 

Past Productions

Past Productions

1990 – Popeye
1991 – Bozo’s Dead
1992 – Gormenghast
1993 – Mosquito Coast
1994 – Les Enfants Des Paradis
1995 – La Dolce Vita
1997 – Hansel Gretel Machine
1999 – The Lost Child
2000 – The Red Thread
2001 – Unheimlich Spine
2003 – The Chimp That Spoke
2004 – Disembodied
2007 – Gormenghast
2009 – The 33
2011 – Riot

Testimonials

Testimonials

Testimonials

“An Annoying Evil Genius”

An undead ex-student

“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

“David Glass is the provocation we needed…”

Alberto and Margherita, Topi Dalmata Company, Italy

“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 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

“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

“I was very fortunate to have 10 formative years developing as a performer and maker with the likes of Lindsay Kemp, Steven Berkoff and Ken Campbell, but without doubt my time with David Glass shines most brightly into everything I do. David gave me the tools and vision for creating authentic work. I would describe his work with disenfranchised children across the world and my experiences in those years as my awakening and my true training in becoming an artist. David’s training is incredibly generous and deep both intellectually and experientially and for this I will be forever grateful.

Amit Lehav, Artistic Director, Gecko

“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

“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

“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)

“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

“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

“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. From the roots of creative practice, to film editing, from movement to the importance of space, from developing an ethical compass to harnessing human potential, it’s all there everyday in my work and life. For that grounding to a world of possibilities, no words can expresses my gratitude to the David Glass Ensemble.

Paul Zetter, Filmmaker – Educator

Reviews

“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, 2007

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

Independent on Gormenghast, 2007

“BAC’s welcome revival of David Glass’ award-winning 1992 production is a reminder of the enduring influence his pioneering physical theatre style has had on scores of young companies over the last decade and a half.”

The Stage, 2007

“David Glass’s production of Gormenghast is a Gothic gorge-fest that cannot fail to entertain.”

Chris High review, 2007

“A cunningly-wrought gothic phantasmagoria which deservedly adds to Glass’s reputation as a prime synthesist of theatre forms.”

Review of Gormenghast written in City Limits, 1992

“[David’s] scope and ambition are admirable”

Review of La Dolce Vita, Financial Times, 1996

“A great theatre pioneer this country and across the globe.”

Dominic Cavendish interviewing David on theatrevoice, 2005

“created with imagination and flair.”

What’s On Stage review of The Hoarder, 2004

“this new production from the David Glass Ensemble keeps snagging at the mind.”

Review of Unheimlich Spine by Susannah Clapp of The Observer, 2001

 

David Glass Ensemble

David Glass Ensemble

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

John McGrath, Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival

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.