Andrew Dawson’s Award-Winning ‘Absence and Presence’ Makes Its Los Angeles Premiere at UCLA Live Oct. 11–15
Winner of the prestigious Total Theatre, Herald Angel and Carol Tambor awards
at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival,
"What I really like about the piece is that actually it's
"Absence and Presence" is a groundbreaking exploration into
working with movement and imagery. Andrew Dawson originally studied dance with
Merce Cunningham in
He tries his father's pipe and glasses, wears his shape like a costume, walks his walk, but it seems only to underline the distance between them. Sardonic letters, a powerful yet insubstantial wire sculpture, and a television monitor help create poignant imagery, punctuated by thoughtful lighting and an evocative score by composer Joby Talbot ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"). "Talbot's original, emotionally wide-ranging music adds significant depth to Mr. Dawson's performance," wrote The New York Times.
In addition to his dance studies with Merce Cunningham, Andrew Dawson studied theater in
Tickets for "Absence and Presence" by Andrew Dawson are available for $32
at the UCLA Central Ticket Office at the southwest corner of the James West Alumni
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UCLA Live's 2006–07 Fifth International Theatre Festival
Sept. 29–Oct. 1. The Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province,
· Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 30–Oct. 8. Playwright and performer Heather Woodbury's world premiere of "Tale of 2Cities" is a time-traversing, two-part saga that looks at the Brooklyn Dodgers' move to Los Angeles from New York in 1957 and the lasting effect it has had on three generations of characters from both locales.
· Wednesday–Sunday, Oct. 11–15. L.A premiere of Andrew Dawson's "Absence and Presence."
· Tuesday–Sunday, Nov. 7–12. The Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland usher in the Samuel Beckett Centenary Celebration with their performance of "Access All Beckett: Five Dramatic Recitals of Prose and One Late Drama," featuring celebrated actor Conor Lovett.
Wednesday–Sunday, Nov. 15–19. The Beckett Centenary continues as the Gate Theatre Dublin returns
· Tuesday–Sunday, Nov. 28–Dec. 10. Mabou Mines' "DollHouse," in its West Coast premiere, is an OBIE Award-winning adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's original text, directed by the iconoclastic Lee Breuer. Set amid furniture of dollhouse-sized proportions, men (portrayed by actors less than 4-and-a-half feet tall) dominate women (played by actresses nearly 6 feet tall) in a surrealistic feminist anthem.
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12, 14, 16 and 17.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13, 15, 16 and 17. STO
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