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Institute is a visually captivating, emotionally driven performance, which openly invites its audience to consider what it means to care.
Gecko has a reputation for generating unique worlds, exquisite stage craft and breath-taking choreography. Institute uses movement, imagery and a range of choreographic styles to further explore the complexity of human behaviour. As well as being visually captivating, Institute is extremely intimate and often very funny. An incisive dissection of the way we nurture and care for ourselves and each other.
Amit Lahav asked the company, what does it mean to care for one another in a busy world of high-pressure targets and expectations? What does it mean to lose everything and everyone? Where do you turn?
Four male performers, portray four very familiar human beings, each driven by a desire to care and be cared for…
WELLCOME PROJECT WITH SUFFOLK MIND
In Autumn 2016 Gecko developed a series of events and resources to allow audiences to further explore issues of mental well-being raised in Institute. We teamed up with Suffolk Mind as the lead partner on the project, and also worked with local mental health networks in each city that Institute toured to; Manchester, Southampton and Liverpool. The project was supported by a Wellcome Trust Award.
There were four stands to the project:
Something to talk about: at each venue we held a post-show discussion with a twist. Artistic Director Amit Lahav and one of our performers were joined by local experts working in the field of mental health to discuss the show’s themes, and answer questions from the audience.
Something to read: all audience members received a programme giving more information on the show and this project, as well as information on mental well-being and pathways to support locally.
Someone to talk to: after every performance there was someone from a local mental health support network ready to talk to audience members in the foyer, answering any questions they may have had.
Something to do: Gecko and Suffolk Mind created a unique workshop experience, combining their understanding and experiences of human emotional needs. Introducing the idea that we all have the same core emotional needs which must to be met to sustain healthy minds. At each venue we led a free 3.5 hour theatre based workshop creating a playful and safe environment in which we introduced, explored and discussed these ideas in relation to Institute, the characters and ourselves.
Following Gecko’s Wellcome project, Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education at Suffolk Mind, has written an article entitled ‘Physical Theatre Meets Mental Health’.