Andrew Dawson is a theatre director, performer, Feldenkrais practitioner, and hand model. He studied dance with Merce Cunningham in New York and theatre in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, and Jacques Lecoq. Dawson created and performs, ‘Space Panorama’ (1987) the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing told with only his hands, ‘Quatre Mains’ (1998) and his award winning solo show ‘Absence and Presence’ (2005). He also created and directed the stage show of ‘Wallace and Gromit’ (1995), ‘Amnesia Curiosa’ for Rainpan 43 (2008 ), fabrik Potsdam’s award winning ‘Pandora 88.’ (2003) and ‘The Idiot Colony’ for Redcape Theatre Company (2008). That year also saw him make his choreographic debut with ‘Dr. Atomic’ an opera by John Adams at the New York MET and English National Opera. In 2010 he choreographed ‘The Pearl Fishers’ also for ENO. In 2005 he was awarded a research grant from the Wellcome Trust, London. ‘The Process of Portrayal’ explored neurological impairment through motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury. In 2010 he was awarded a subsequent Arts award from The Wellcome Trust to create ‘The Articulate Hand’ which recently received its US première at the World Science Festival in New York.