David Glass Ensemble/PEARLWORKS

Location: Kentish Town, London

Date: Saturday 11th May 2024

Time: 10:00am - 9:00pm (including Dinner)

Cost: Free By Invitation Only

As part of the second residency at our partner’s PEARLWORKS Studio David Pearl and David Glass will be running a pilot creative workshop exploring the climate emergency through Nature and the imagination. Playing the problem not solving it!

David Glass and David Pearl have been working together to create a new theatrical project, Galapagos, which champions the power of the imagination particularly young peoples’ imagination in these times of great change. At the heart of the show is a creatively gifted orphan, Juno, who harnesses her prodigious creativity to navigate the global ‘tangle we are in’ and defeat the forces of darkness through play.

Inspired by her voyage we are setting up “Juno’s Arck” to support young people around the world to meet the many challenges of your times with power and imagination.

This workshop is an early step and we’re looking for young, creative humans to join us.

It’s going to be an experiential, playful, interactive day where we be trying to understand and address the effects of the climate emergency on our collective imagination. By attending, you will be at the forefront of a pioneering initiative that seeks to harness the power of storytelling to inspire action and foster a more hopeful, resilient vision of the future

In the workshop we will be drawing on David Glass’s Lost Child Project and Alchemy of the Extraordinary practice and David Pearl’s Street Wisdom and Authoring the Future approach.

If this gets your imagination going, we’d love to hear from you.

Warmest

David & David

Please contact Rachel Crowther at :  rachel.crowther@pearlworks.net

“I am inspired by your thinking and experience and community through creativity. I would love to stay a supporter of what you and the young people are trying to do. Of course your objective over all is vital and true.

Mark Rylance (Academy Award and Olivier Winning Actor)
“If Nature had a
job, she’d
definitely be an
Artist”
 - David Glass
“This is far too
important to
take seriously.
Let’s play!”
 - David Pearl

A bit more information…

When: Saturday 11th May 2024

Why: The goal of this day is to bring together a diverse group of young minds to explore through the transformative power of storytelling and imagination to address the climate emergency

What: You can expect

Who: We are looking to gather a like-spirited/different-minded group of people aged 16-26, with curiosity about what’s coming, a desire to play and perspectives to share.

Cost?: We are offering the workshop experience free to all participants. We value all that you are going to bring. If it’s helpful we will be happy to cover your travel expenses. And the day includes with a lovely, celebratory (and probably noisy) ensemble dinner at the studio.

How to apply:

We’re looking for a diverse set of participants and places are rather limited (max 20) for this first workshop. If you’d like to be considered, please email asap to rachel.crowther@pearlworks.net and she’ll ask a few quick questions to help us put the first group together. If it doesn’t work out this time, we hope you will understand.

This is just the beginning for Juno’s Arck

Physical Theatre & Devising Masterclass with David Glass

Dates: 25th-29th June 2024

Location: Saas Almagell (Canton of Valais, Switzerland)

Book your place now by emailing olivia.bernoulli@gmail.com

David Glass is one of the worlds leading theatre makers and teachers. He is a pioneer in the areas of Physical, Devised, Adapted, Ensemble and Applied Theatre. Integrating learning from his teachers Lecoq, Grotowski, Gaulier , Decroux , Brook, Boal Ailey and Alfreds, over 45 years David has bridged the innovative theatre of 20th and helping to define the theatre and training of the 21st Century.

David’s work has influenced and been employed by theatre companies and educational, social development and corporate organisations around the world (UN, Save the Children, Gecko, 111 Program and many more)

This masterclass will be rigorous, playful and impactful. Participants will come away with the tools to integrate and strengthen what they already do in their own practice, broadening and deepening their ability within the fields of the arts, education, social development or corporate environments.

The workshop is rooted in the body of the performer and emotion, physical metaphor and action form the key elements of the technique. You will learn how to have a greater presence on stage, how to balance simplicity and intensity, progressively engaging with new layers of response from restrictive to fully flexible. Participants will explore the vivid influence of ensemble work on the individual creative process and vice versa.

Integrating both trainings the participants will use both the physical theatre training and Ensemble methodologies to create and share an ensemble piece on the Saturday afternoon.

For participants aged 18+ with some knowledge of theatre making – come prepared to move in comfortable clothing.

“David Glass’s Creative Practice is a unique and courageous exploration of the archetypal experience of being human.” Peter Brook, International Theatre Director

David Glass Ensemble and The Performers' Playground present:

Physical Theatre & Ensemble Workshop

Dates: 29th January - 3rd February 2024

Times: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Gorse Hill Studios, Cavendish Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 0PS

Cost: £300 / 280 Concession

Book your place now

David Glass is one of the worlds leading theatre makers and teachers. He is a pioneer in the areas of Physical, Devised, Adapted, Ensemble and Applied Theatre. Integrating learning from his teachers Lecoq, Grotowski, Gaulier , Decroux , Brook, Boal Ailey and Alfreds, over 45 years David has bridged the innovative theatre of 20th and helping to define the theatre and training of the 21st Century.

David’s work has influenced and been employed by theatre companies and educational, social development and corporate organisations around the world (UN, Save the Children, Gecko, 111 Program and many more)

This masterclass will be rigorous, playful and impactful. Participants will come away with the tools to integrate and strengthen what they already do in their own practice, broadening and deepening their ability within the fields of the arts, education, social development or corporate environments.

The workshop is rooted in the body of the performer and emotion, physical metaphor and action form the key elements of the technique. You will learn how to have a greater presence on stage, how to balance simplicity and intensity, progressively engaging with new layers of response from restrictive to fully flexible. Participants will explore the vivid influence of ensemble work on the individual creative process and vice versa.

Integrating both trainings the participants will use both the physical theatre training and Ensemble methodologies to create and share an ensemble piece on the Saturday afternoon.

For participants aged 18+ with some knowledge of theatre making – come prepared to move in comfortable clothing.

“David Glass’s Creative Practice is a unique and courageous exploration of the archetypal experience of being human.”

Peter Brook, International Theatre Director

Hosted by Amadan Ensemble as part of the inaugural Theatre Works Fest NI

Dates: 7th - 9th January 2024

Times: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast BT1 2NJ

Cost: £140

Book your place here: 3-Day Masterclass with David Glass

Amadan Ensemble is hosting a masterclass by David Glass, as part of this year’s inaugural Theatre Works Fest NI. This masterclass focuses on developing the skills and tools required for making your own creative work for individuals and groups.

Devised theatre sits at the heart of modern theatre practice, where the actor/performer as collaborative maker is central. David Glass is one of the world's pioneers in this expanding area and has influenced the work of many, including Complicite, Gecko Theatre, DV8, and O Theatre.

Based on David Glass’s Alchemy of the Extraordinary Creative Practice, this masterclass is a must for any performer or company wishing to develop their own work. The course is rigorous, playful and practical, and over three days, participants will learn the fundamentals of Devised Theatre and will come away with tools and skills they can use immediately in creating work.

Key areas will be:

Appropriate for beginners and professionals, teachers and students. Please bring loose-fitting clothes for moving comfortably around, and an open heart and mind.

Supported by Belfast City Council and the MAC

Please note: Your ticket is for the full 3-day masterclass.

Bursary for Belfast-based artists

6 Belfast-based artists will be eligible for a reduced fee bursary thanks to the support of Belfast City Council.  For more information please visit www.amadanensemble.com

Dates: 28th - 30th October 2023

Times: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat & Sun); 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Mon)

Location: Omnibus Theatre, London

Cost: £160 / £130 Concession

Book your place here

The artist is constantly using their work to help people to 'see again', 'think again' and 'feel again'. Central to the artist's process is learning through experience, exploration and expression.

David Glass will lead an intensive introductory masterclass over a weekend and one evening in Ensemble & Chorus for theatre. This workshop will introduce participants to David Glass’s hugely practical approach to physical & ensemble theatre. It is rooted in the body, the principle that all life and expression grows out of movement, and that theatre is the imagination made manifest through the body and voice of the performer. 

David Glass is an award-winning performer, director, teacher and creative thinker, having worked in 73 countries and taught more than 80,000 people, and is one of the UK’s most prominent Theatre Directors and principal founders of the UK Physical/ Visual, Devised, Ensemble and Applied theatre movements. As well as teaching masterclasses he continues to make work in some 18 countries around the world. 

The ensemble section of the workshop focuses on experiencing the gradual stages of collective awareness and the powerful creation that can emerge from group work. Participants will learn how to balance simplicity and intensity, progressively engaging with new layers of response from restrictive to fully flexible. Throughout the workshop, there will be a focus on developing individual, partner, and collective awareness while building on the work of others in the group. Participants will explore the vivid influence of ensemble work on the individual creative process and vice versa.

For participants aged 18+ with some knowledge of theatre making – come prepared to move in comfortable clothing.

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

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

The David Glass Ensemble are delighted to receive an award from the Cultural Recovery Grant that will help us build our capacity to work with key theatre & arts organisations in Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Eastleigh & Hastings through our Lost Child Project.

We are one of 2,700 recipients to receive a grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including the David Glass Ensemble in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

 

“David Glass’s Creative Practice is a unique and courageous exploration of the archetypal experience of being human.”
-Peter Brook, International Theatre Director

 

The Lost Child project began in 1997 when David Glass and his ensemble traveled across South America and Southeast Asia working with street children. Its aim is to use theatre and creative participation to give a voice to marginalised and vulnerable children and young people. The creative methodology focuses on supporting and expressing young people's imagination through group activity in a secure environment. The project has now been revived for this generation, actively operating in Hong Kong and the UK to empower young people through the power of the arts and the imagination.

During the year of the pandemic, the Ensemble has continued to strengthen our work in creating vibrant, relevant and powerful theatre for a world stage. 

We launched the Elan Lost Child Project Festival in Hong Kong, which brought together 300+ participants through 11 hybrid online/on-site events. 

With the National Theatre of Serbia, we presented “The Return”—the culmination of the AB Project about the killing of 77 young people in Utoya Island in 2001. 

With the M.A. Theatre Laboratory at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, we created Margot Monroe’s Nibelungenlied, a comedy that deconstructs the Hollywood Dream Machine. 

We have continued to conduct 8 creative practice and physical theatre workshops across Europe, both live and online. 

 

“David Glass remains one of the pioneers and key figures of British and International Theatre.”
-John McGrath, Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival

 

This year, the Ensemble is strengthening the foundation for the Galapagos project, which aims to educate and empower children about the ongoing climate crisis through a visceral piece of theatre. For Galapagos, we are joined by partners across 13 countries including London International Mime Festival (LIMF) and the Point Eastleigh.

David Glass is currently devising his first solo in sixteen years called Silence, in conversation with Julian Crouch, Tom Morris and Mike Alfreds.

The Ensemble continues to build relationships and community to strengthen through this crisis.

 

 

By Joseph Lynch, Associate Artist & Trainer

As the last of the dust from the summer sun starts to settle and the weather warnings of flash floods and hard-core drizzle begin bombarding UK screens once again, David asks me to take a moment to reflect on my time with the Ensemble these past few months, on China and returning to the UK.
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