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.


John Cage: Landscapes


 Andrew presents a film  as

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


Space Panorama in New York


SPACE PANORAMA  has just had special performances in New York as part of the Space Science festival 2015, under the Space Shuttle, Enterprise


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Chasm of Sorrow – The Russian Doctor



Chasm of Sorrow – The Russian Doctor from Andrew Dawson on Vimeo.

The first performances of The Russian Doctor were in Winchester on 27th & 28th March and in Reading south street 6th April 2014

The Project  had a 2 week residency at MassMoca in Massachusetts with a performance on the 9th May


Andrew Dawson, neuroscientist Jonathan Cole, explore Chekhov’s extraordinary journey across Siberia to visit the penal colony on Sakhalin Island in 1890. The project is grounded in this astonishing, singular exploration. At great personal risk he toured settlements, interviewed thousands of people and categorized disease and living conditions in one of the largest epidemiological studies of its time, publishing the results in a book, ‘Sakhalin Island’ (1893/94) which combined his literary observation with medical data in an attempt to humanise conditions there.

We have just returned from Sakhalin, here is the frozen sea, an amazing sight.


The project is a dramatic adaptation of the book. This will explore Chekhov’s relevance today as pioneering epidemiologist and biomedical historian, and how his experience in this penal colony influenced his subsequent, more famous, literary output.

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I Am Half of Who I Am


I Am Half of who I Am

Commissioned by Tenuta Dello Scompiglio Via di Vorno, 67 – Vorno, Capannori (Lucca) Premiered 3rd & 4th November 2012 in Italy

Next performance at UNSEEN focus on mental ability 18-19th Dec 2012 Calcutta, India presented by The Wellcome Trust/DBT Alliance


I am half of who I Am is a performance fuelled by curiosity of the self. Only half of Lou Coleman’s body, her left side, is medically labeled with Cerebral Palsy. Her right side appears normal. This piece explores her differing movement patterns from her left to her right, and the space between. The piece is a collaboration between performer Lou Coleman and director performer Andrew Dawson. Together they will illuminate our understanding of this physical, neurological condition as they create a very special structure.

Director: Andrew Dawson

Performers: Andrew Dawson and Lou Coleman

Music: Jonny Pilcher

Commissioned in Italy by www.delloscompiglio.org With support of Central school of Speech and Drama London.