DUENDE is an international collaboration of performers committed to ensemble work.

DUENDE’s work is:





DUENDE is committed to the continuing training of performers and is entirely focused on the creation of passionately LIVE work.

DUENDE’s work is based in Self-With-Others.

You can find more information at www.duende-ensemble.com


John Britton: (UK) – Artistic Director

DUENDE’s Associate Artists.

Alexandra Tsotanidou: (Greece)

Aliki Dourmazer: (Greece)

Eilon Morris: (Australia/UK)

Elina Elestrand: (Sweden)

Eva Tsourou: (Greece) – [Eva is also Administrator: The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre]

Hannah Dalby: (UK)

Jo Leishman: (Australia)

Kim Mclelland: (Australia)

Luke O’Connor: (Australia)

Manjari Kaul: (India)

Penny Cunningham: (UK)

Rico Wu: (China/Hong Kong)

Stacey Johnstone: (UK)

DUENDE’s first production was ‘The Shattering Man’ (2010)  – a fractured retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

DUENDE second show was ‘Echo Chamber’  (2011) a solo show created and performed by John Britton. ‘Echo Chamber’ opened in UK in Autumn 2011, and toured internationally to Melbourne, Athens, Chania (Crete) and Thessaloniki in 2012 and to India in 2013.

DUENDE worked in May 2012 with 85 students at the University of Huddersfield (UK) to create “Re:Occupation” a large-scale performance event which performed over two nights. The project was repeated in 2013 – this time the stimulus was Mary Shelley’s great novel ‘Frankenstein’ and 2014 using ‘1984’ as stimulus

DUENDE is currently exploring ‘Collision’, a  journey to the heart of ensemble performance, combining improvisation with  script and choreography  and live music.

‘Collision’ looks at aspects of community – meetings, exclusions, belonging, communicating, rituals and the relationship of people to the spaces they inhabit. It charts the journey from ‘I’ to ‘Us’.

Collisions happen when at least three members of DUENDE are in the same city at the same time. We use the opportunity to meet local performers and musicians in an entirely unplanned, public improvisation.

‘Collision #1’ took place in Mytilini, Lesbos (Greece) in July 2012. Collision #2 was in Melbourne, #3 in Athens, # 4 in Huddersfield and #5 in Thessaloniki, #6 in Melbourne, #7 in Athens

DUENDE is also developing a number of smaller projects and is always seeking venues, promoters, communities and artists to collaborate with.

DUENDE also runs a large number of workshops and a smaller number of intensive residential training workshops, including in rural France, on the edge of the sea on the Greek Island of Lesbos, in the Himalayas in India, in rural New England in the US and elsewhere.

DUENDE runs both residencies and workshops across Europe, America and Australasia.

In 2015 DUENDE launched The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre a peripatetic training initiative offering intensive, high-quality and affordable training to physical performers. The first meeting of the school took place in Athens in Autumn 2015. 19 students from 6 countries trained intensively for ten weeks, culminating in a public performance season of an ensemble physical performance called ‘A Ridiculous Dream’.

The DUENDE School will run again in Athens September-November 2016.


To contact DUENDE/The DUENDE School,  please email: adminstration@duende-ensemble.com



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