Andrew Dawson is a theatre director, performer, Feldenkrais practitioner, and hand model. He studied dance with Merce Cunningham in New York and theatre in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, and Jacques Lecoq. Dawson created and performs, “Space Panorama” (1987) the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing told with only his hands, “Quatre Mains” (1998) which was revived for a season at UCLA, Los Angeles in Dec 2008, and his award winning solo show “Absence and Presence” (2005) performing at PS 122 in New York, which is a deeply intimate and touching portrayal on the death of his father. He also created and directed the stage show of “Wallace and Gromit” (1995),”Amnesia Curiosa” for Rainpan 43 (2008 Studio Theatre Washington DC) and fabrik Potsdam’s award winning “Pandora 88.”(2003). He directed and co devised “The Idiot Colony” with Redcape Theatre Company, which won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival 2008. That year also saw him make his choreographic debut at the New York MET with “Dr. Atomic” an opera by John Adams. The production was subsequently presented in London at the English National Opera in February 2009. In 2010 he choreographed ‘The Pearl Fishers’ also for English National Opera. This summer he will be in St Petersburg, Russia choreographing the opera ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ for the Mariinsky Theatre.
In 2005 he was awarded a research grant from the Wellcome Trust. “The Process of Portrayal” explored neurological impairment through motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury. In 2010 He was awarded a subsequent Arts award from The Wellcome Trust to create “The Articulate Hand.”
His interest in movement led him to study the Feldenkrais Method and he became a practitioner in 1994.