Space Panorama


S P A C E   P A N O R A M A (1987)

An outstanding presentation’

John Young

(Gemini 3, 10, Apollo 10,16, commander of the first Space Shuttle

“Dawson has an astonishingly eloquent physical Presence.”

The Observer

Image by Nitin Vadukul

Space Panorama is an utterly hypnotic solo recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing, using only Dawson’s hands, to create a constantly entrancing documentary of the entire mission. Accompanied by Shostakovich’s 10th symphony and a dramatic, lively narration Dawson takes us fromHouston to the moon and returns us safely to earth, conveying the colossal distances and the risks involved simply through the deftness skilled movement inhis hands. Dawson has performed Space Panorama, which he created in 1987, at theatres and festivals throughout the world including the 40th anniversaryof the Apollo 11 moon landing at the Kennedy Centre.



“It must be seen, if only to for the mobility of Dawson’s hands, which play all the parts from rocket to moon lander. Great fun.”The Guardian


Created and Performed by Andrew Dawson

Narration by Gavin Robertson

 Music from Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony

Directed by Jos Houben

Photo: Nitin Vadukul