Spirit of the Ring

Won the best International show in New York as part of the largest solo festival in the world.


15 Hours of Wagner’s Opera ‘The Ring Cycle’ condensed to 30 mins!

With a table for a stage and brilliant skill in mime, this epic is exhilarating, witty, heart-stirring.

Be amazed as you experience the vast river Rhine, the Castle of the Gods and the winged horse of the Valkyrie. Dawson single-handedly embodies the spirit of The Ring making the opera extraordinarily accessible through skillful physicality.

Andrew was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to reduce the whole of Wagner’s Ring Cycle to 30 mins, performed with his hands, The first performance was part of the Deloitte Festival of Wagner and Verdi and was premiered on September 7th & 8th 2013

‘One would never believe it possible that the emotions associated with the Ring Story could be so successfully evoked by such extraordinarily minimal means – two hands and a face do it all, indeed at various times two fingers are sufficient. For anyone who knows the Ring, and can pick up the story references, this is a lovely way to re-engage with all those complex emotions. The presentation combines humour with serious messages in a  way that can catch you unawares, a device that provides an extra dimension to the whole experience of re-living The Ring.’

Sir Jeremy Dixon

Take Andrew Dawson, movement expert and sometimes hand model. (His mitts are featured in the Honda Hands commercial.) Dawson’s ‘Spirit of the Ring’ was a delight, and simply staged. The scale at which Dawson operates is small but he thinks big. Standing on a platform behind a flat, slanted and velvety black surface, and cued to an edited recording, in just under 30 minutes he guided us through the dramatic highs of ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen,’ Places, characters and the shifting of focus and scale were all conjured via expressively detailed gesture.