The Articulate Hand

Through movement, we uncover the grace, beauty and psychological consequences of impairments of the hand.

In a collaboration between Jonathan Cole, neuroscientist and author, Andrew Dawson‘s production articulates the experience of impairment by uniting the insight of the scientist with the empathy of the artist.

The basis of this examination is through a variety of extraordinary encounters with people with hand impairment, including stroke, arthritis, spinal cord injury and the remarkable case of losing all sense of touch. Only through loss do we reveal the significance of our hands.

The environment that we build around ourselves is shaped by the anatomy and function of the hand. Not only are hands tools with which we manipulate the physical world, through gesture they are aesthetically rich messengers, from our inner selves.

Performance: Andrew Dawson
Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans
Music: Jonny Pilcher
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, 20 November 2010
London Premiere:
Wellcome Collection 25 – 28 November 2010

With thanks to Jonathan Cole, Debbie Graham, Ian Waterman &  Linda Wingerter.