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Andrew studied dance with Merce Cunningham in New York and theatre in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, and Jacques Lecoq.  He studied The Feldenkrais Method a professional training programme (1990 -1994)  and Hatha Yoga Teacher training (2016) reflecting his curiosity into the physical body, mindfulness and movement.

1984-1992 he formed Mime Theatre Project with Gavin Robertson. They created the theatre show ‘Thunderbirds F.A.B.’ touring to small venues and eventually performing 6 seasons in London’s West End and two world tours.Andy Portait

Andrew has originated work that is inspired by true stories, extraordinary events and science. ‘Space Panorama’ (1987) is the story of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing told with his hands, The piece has been seen in London’s West End, the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC and at an astronaut dinner including Buzz Aldrin.

In 1998 he made with Jos Houben an evocative visual poem of finely tuned movement and gesture,‘ Quatre Mains’ comprising of vignettes from evolution to world war.

Andrews solo show ‘Absence and Presence’ (2005), won the Carol Tambor award at the Edinburgh Festival with subsequent performances in New York and Los Angeles. His father died in 1985 and his body lay undiscovered. The trauma inspired Andrew to create this unusual autobiographical work.

He created and directed the stage show of ‘Wallace and Gromit’ (1995) and in 2003 Fabrik Potsdam’s award winning ‘Pandora 88’. In 2008 ‘Amnesia Curiosa’ for Rainpan 43, which premièred in the oldest surgical amphitheatre in America. More recently ‘For Kaffen Blir Kald’ (‘Before the coffee turns cold’) in Olso (2011), which looks at care and the elderly through the eyes of a life size puppet called Agnes. He directed and co devised ‘The Idiot Colony’ with Redcape Theatre Company, where three women spent decades locked away amidst drugs, brutality and the restraints of the asylum. That year he choreographed ‘Dr. Atomic,’ by John Adams at the New York MET. The production was subsequently presented in London at the ENO in 2009. In 2010 he choreographed ‘The Pearl Fishers,’ also for ENO. and at the MET Opera in 2016. In 2011 he was the movement director on the European première of the opera ‘Our Town’.

In the Spring 2013 he was the Movement Director for A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Bristol Old Vic directed by Tom Morris and in association with Hand Spring Puppets. (the team that created War Horse) The show is currently on tour from Washington USA to Seoul, South Korea.

In 2005 he was awarded a Small Arts Award from The Wellcome Trust, with Jonathan Cole, filmmaker, co-founder of ‘Rosetta Life’ Chris Rawlence, and Alexander teacher Lucia Walker. ‘The Process of Portrayal’ explored neurological impairment through motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury. In 2010 he was awarded a Small Arts Award, also with Jonathan Cole, to create ‘The Articulate Hand’. This performance theatre piece, on the subjective experience of impairments of hand function, performed at The Wellcome Trust in autumn 2010 and received its US première at the World Science Festival New York (June 2011). Also for The Wellcome Trust DBT Indian Alliance in Hyderabad, India (Sept 2011) and featured as three short talks at the TEDMED conference in San Diego (Oct 2011.)

In Nov 2012, commissioned by Dello Scompiglio, Italy, I am half of who I Am ‘ is a performance fuelled by curiosity of the self. Only half of Louise Coleman’s body, her left side, is medically labeled with Cerebral Palsy. Her right side appears normal.

In 2013 he received a Large arts award from the Wellcome Trust to create, ‘Chasm of Sorrow-The Russian Doctor’ the story Anton Chekhov’s astonishing exploration to Sakhalin Island in 1890.

In was commissioned by The Royal Opera House to make ‘Sprit of the Ring’. The whole of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 30 mins using his hands.

He teaches workshop and classes at Central School of speech and Drama and at Goldsmiths College

Andrew works as a hand model for commercials and photographic advertising.