The Pearl Fishers at MET Opera 2018



The Pearl Fishers returns to the MET in New York this FAll 2018

MET Pearl Fishers Overture seg 2015 from Andrew Dawson on Vimeo.

The Opera was presented Los Angeles in October/November 2017. LA Opera

“L.A. Opera’s ‘Pearl Fishers’: Stunning production dives deep into meaning.”

LA Times.


“The opening underwater sequence, of pearl fishers swimming slowly down from the flies, for instance, is unforgettable.” The Guardian

Revived at the end of last year at ENO www.eno.org/fishers

New York MET Opera opened Dec 31st 2015



A short film on how we made the overture.
Director Penny Woolcock

Design Dick Bird

Choreography Andrew Dawson

Opening with a mesmerizing underwater sequence, this is a visually stunning production, set against the backdrop of a shanty town community on an exotic island. Acclaimed film-maker Penny Woolcock returns to ENO to direct this update of her 2010 production of The Pearl Fishers. Her previous forays into opera include her widely-praised staging of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic at ENO and the Metropolitan Opera.

A co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Pearl Fishers is sung  in English | Running time: 2hrs 30mins (including 1 interval)

John Cage: Landscapes


 Andrew presents a film  as

a response to John Cage’s Landscapes (1948)Cage


A Midsummer Nights Dream, Bristol Old Vic, Movement Director


Andrew is the Movement Director on this new production.


Bristol Old Vic

Spoleto Festival

A Bristol Old Vic production
In Association with Handspring Puppet Company
Directed by Tom Morris
(Their first collaboration since War Horse)
Co-commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA
Designed by Vicki Mortimer

Having last worked together on the internationally acclaimed War Horse, Bristol Old Vic’s Artistic Director Tom Morris and Cape Town’s Handspring Puppet Company reunite to begin a new journey in Bristol.

Shakespeare’s inexhaustible A Midsummer Night’s Dream unfurls in the intimacy of our redeveloped Theatre, interweaving the lives of lovers, actors, friends, foes and fairies. This is a …Dream about love, transformation, survival and song, where a belief in the mystical presence of fairies isn’t mere superstition, but a magic lore encoded in the routines of a community living on the edge.

Trees, objects and tools all pulse and tingle with the possibility of existence in a world that, thanks to the magic of Handspring, all objects are granted the right to life.

Cilp from ‘The One Show’ on BBC one

Our Town


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Andrew was the movement director on the Guildhall school of music and Dramas European premiere, directed by Stephen Medcalf