The Pearl Fishers at LA Opera in 2017


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

The Opera will be in Los Angeles this coming October. LA Opera

“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)

Spirit of The Ring




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.


Our Town


Our Town


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

Doctor Atomic


Doctor Atomic

Click the image above to see the full Doctor Atomic Gallery

Dr Atomic

Grammy Award for best Opera Recording (2011)

Metropolitan Opera New York

Director Penny Woolcock

Conductor Alan Gilbert

Design Julian Crouch

Chorography Andrew Dawson

John Adams’s contemporary masterpiece explores a momentous episode of modern history: the creation of the atomic bomb. Director Penny Woolcock makes her Met debut with this gripping story that changed the course of history. Baritone Gerald Finley, above, plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the title character.

Andrew made his Choreographic Debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York with Dr Atomic in October 2008 The production was also presented at the English National Opera in February 2009.