Absence & Presence


Absence and Presence (2005)

 “Astonishing, almost unbearably moving”  The New York Times

“Resolutely intimate and unassuming. Moving performance art.”  LA Times

“Simply Outstanding.” The Telegraph

 Winner of

Total Theatre Award (2005)

Herald Angel Award (2005)

The Carol Tambor Awards for Edinburgh to NewYork (2005)

From the gesture of grief to a dance with Max Bygraves, both cinematic and dramatic. Using sculpture, video and a score composed by Joby Talbot. Absence and Presence explores through non-vocal dialogue, gesture, and movement an essential and telling story that is true to us all.

Absence and Presence is a deeply intimate and touching production in which dancer and mime artist, Andrew Dawson, explores – not without wry humour – the death of his father. His father died in 1985 and, tragically, his body lay undiscovered for 10 days. The trauma inspired Dawson to create this unusual autobiographical work, which deals in non-vocal dialogue with his sense of loss and guilt, his affection and conflict, and the unique emotions of a son to his father.

Realized & Performed By Andrew Dawson

In Collaboration with Jos Houben and Graham Johnston

Music: Joby Talbot

Sculpture and design: Andrew Dawson

Lighting: Andrew Dawson, Steven Smith

Video: Andrew Dawson, Graham Johnston

Producer: Sara Sheppard

Absence and Presence is a co-production with the fabrik, Potsdam.