Absence and Presence is a deeply intimate and touching production in which dancer and mime artist, Andrew Dawson, explores - not without wry humour - the death of his father.
His father died in 1985 and, tragically, his body lay undiscovered for 10 days. The trauma inspired Dawson to create this unusual autobiographical work which deals in non-vocal dialogue with his sense of loss and guilt, his affection and conflict, and the unique emotions of a son to his father.
From the gesture of grief to dancing with Max Bygraves.
The work uses sculpture, video, mime and the delicate, sensitive movement Dawson has long established as his artistic signature, creating a memorable production that is both emotionally and visually captivating.
Dawson studied dance and theatre in New York, Paris and London and established
an international reputation as co-founder of the Mime Theatre Project
in 1984. He is the director of Pandora 88.