Andrew Pester is a Brooklyn-based improviser, choreographer, and organizer. They are the founder of FAILSPACE, an organization that provides a platform with ample space, time, and financial resources for emerging artists to grow their teaching practice. They grew up underneath the Kansan sky, and this horizontal expanse continues to inform their performance making. Their performances resemble letters from an old friend: personal, nostalgic, and responding to the need to understand how to continue to arrive together. Presently, they are developing Prelude to a Eulogy, a queer multidisciplinary inquiry into ancestry and archive. Their work has been shown at the Northampton Center for the Arts, multiple ACDA Regional Conferences, CAMP_iN Dance Festival, the Midwest RADfest, and the Turner-Fischer Center for Opera. They have performed and taught nationally and internationally as a member of the Dance Company of Middlebury as well as Daara Dance Company. Currently, they are working with the New York City based company 277 Dance Project under the artistic direction of Nicole Philippidis. They are the recipient of the 2017 Mahlingaiah Family Dance Prize.