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Hong Kong, China (Tao of Glass Asian Premiere)

October 27

Friday October 27, 2023 8:00 PM

Tickets and info here

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.



Philip Glass

Writer / Co-director / Performer

Phelim McDermott


Kirsty Housley

Remount Director

Peter Relton 


Fly Davis

Lighting Designer 

Colin Grenfell

Sound Designer

Giles Thomas


Ragnar Freidank

Musical Director

Chris Vatalaro

Assistant Director

Jen Tan

Puppet Designer & Puppet Maker

Lyndie Wright

Design Associate

Camille Etchart

Originating Sound Associate

Sorcha Steele

Sound Associate (2023)

Eleanor Theodorou

Lighting Associate

Matt Lever

Puppet Captain

Sarah Wright


Sarah Wright, David Emmings, Avye Leventis


Chris Vatalaro, Jack McNeill, Laura Lutzke, Katherine Tinker

Production Manager

Luke Child

Master Carpenter

Carl Heston

Company Stage Manager

Emma Cameron

Deputy Stage Manager

Caoimhe Regan

Assistant Stage Manager

Anastasia Booth

 Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Improbable, Perth Festival, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, New Vision Arts Festival and Carolina Performing Arts – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in association with Naomi Milgrom AO. Produced by Manchester International Festival and Improbable. First performed at Manchester International Festival 2019.


October 27