Dan Ayling is a director who specialises in modern plays and contemporary opera, with a particular interest in text, space and gesture.

Working across the media of drama, dance and music, he tells visceral and immediate stories of power. His work often combines disparate art forms to create powerful, moving expressions of what it means to be human. He is particularly interested in developing collaborative relationships with other artists from a range of disciplines in order to create exciting and beautiful pieces of work.

Ayling was a Cryptic Artist from 2012-14 and most recently, has presented work at the Aldeburgh, Brighton, Spitalfields and St Endellion festivals; the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow; Lincoln Center, New York; East 15, Essex and Omnibus Theatre, Clapham.  

Cryptic Commissions include: 

Remember Me

A sensual re-telling of the stories of mythical lovers Dido and Aeneas, and Orpheus and Euridice s a miniature anti-opera inside a writing desk.