We are thrilled to announce Arlene Phillips and Dominic West as Gecko’s first patrons, both set to bring the company’s ground-breaking work to new audiences.
This exciting announcement comes at an auspicious time for the company, as we recently announced the London premiere for our most ambitious show to date, The Wedding, at the Barbican as part of the prestigious London International Mime Festival.
Honoured as a CBE for her services to dance and charity, Arlene Phillips has become a household name, known for creating the provocative and revolutionary dance group Hot Gossip in the 70s and working with stars from film, TV and theatre. Her work includes choreographing hit West End and Broadway musicals, Hollywood films, and iconic music videos, through to her television work as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing and presenter.
“I’m thrilled and excited to become a patron of Gecko. It’s exciting theatre than combines dance with extraordinary music and soundscapes and a unique and strange storytelling style that draws you in. I’ve loved Gecko from the first moment I saw the company perform, and have the utmost admiration for Amit and the company.”
Dominic West is a Sheffield-born actor, director and musician. He is perhaps best known for his role in hit TV series The Wire and The Affair but has worked extensively across screen and stage in both UK and US. Dominic is starring in the upcoming BBC adaptation of Les Misérables by Andrew Davies, and in October 2018 was awarded the Canneseries Excellence Award at the international TV showcase Mipcom for his outstanding contribution in TV series.
“A Gecko show is always a thrillingly inventive concert of lyrical movement, breathtaking imagery and a wry humanity.
I have loved watching them for nearly two decades, since I first met Amit through the Argentinian group ‘De La Guarda’ and, to be honest, I’m still waiting for them to cast me in one of their shows!
I was one of the many people booked to see Missing at BAC in the week of the 2015 fire. It was remarkable to see the way they rolled up their sleeves and produced a brilliant stripped-down version of the show, just a week after losing everything.
In 2019 we’ll see a long overdue broadening of their reach and their audience and I am delighted to be associated with that.”
Artistic Director Amit Lahav said: “I am delighted to announce Arlene Philips and Dominic West as our first Gecko patrons. They have both shown real enthusiasm and encouragement for the company’s work over the years and are keen to support Gecko’s future plans. Both Arlene and Dom have enormous experience and expertise in their respective fields in choreography, directing, performance and film and I look forward to continuing our conversations, reflecting on the industry and dreaming of future possibilities. I have always declared relationships as the central ethos of Gecko and I feel a warmth and connection with our new patrons energised by a drive to keep seeing Gecko grow and pursue its dreams. It is important to us that we have patrons who have a love for Gecko, a willingness to support our future development and who bring to the company diverse expertise – Dominic and Arlene are perfect ambassadors and great friends too”.