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Institute
Institute is a visually captivating performance that openly invites its audience to consider what it means to care” in a rapidly changing world where stress contaminates the everyday. This work invites us to step into a shadowy establishment where residents attempt to carve order out of life’s chaos, where carers become patients, where memories crack and relationships collide. Gecko has a reputation for generating unique worlds, exquisite stage craft, and breath-taking choreography. Based on Amit Lahav’s internationally renowned production, this piece is a compelling, poetic, and often funny dissection of the way we nurture and care for ourselves and each other.
Director Amit Lahav
Choreography Amit Lahav
Cast Chris Evans, Vanessa Guevara Flores, Miguel Hernando Torres Umba, Katie Lusby, David Meyer, Ryen Perkins Gangnes, Francois Testory, Kenny Wing Tao Ho
Sound Andy Rose
Cinematography Emma Dalesman
Costumes Gayle Playford
Music Dave Price

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Amit Lahav

Amit Lahav

Amit Lahav is the Artistic Director and founder of Gecko. He was born in Israel and grew up in London where he trained with theatre and dance creators such as Lindsay Kemp and David Glass and worked as a facilitator in South East Asia, making theatre with street children over a four year period.

Shortly after this time he began to develop his own company and methodologies; particularly Gecko’s emphasis on emotion, physicality, metaphor, breath and musicality. The shows are created in the UK with an international ensemble and tour world-wide. He has developed a unique language of training, performance, devising and teaching and these methods are used by the company as Gecko continue to generate relationships around the world.

Amit has created seven critically acclaimed Gecko shows; Taylor’s Dummies, The Race, The Arab and The Jew, The Overcoat, Missing, Institute and The Wedding, all of which have toured nationally and internationally.

In 2015, Amit created and performed in The Time of Your Life, which was broadcast live on BBC4 as part of Live From Television Centre.

Institute is Director Amit Lahav’s second work for screen after Gecko’s live TV performance of Time of Your Life( part of Live from Television Centre, 2015). Since this screen debut, Amit continued to explore work in film through collaborations with directors Teresa Griffiths on Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desires( BBC2, 2018 )and Adam Smith/​Marcus Lyall on visuals for the Chemical Brothers’ live shows. This is strengthened his understanding of the genre and the process of creating a Gecko feature film soon followed.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desires (2018)
Time of Your Life (2015)

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