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Arlene Phillips and Dominic West become first patrons of Gecko

Arlene Phillips and Dominic West. Photo: Paul Clapp Arlene Phillips and Dominic West. Photo: Paul Clapp
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Arlene Phillips and Dominic West have been announced as the first patrons of physical theatre company Gecko.

Phillips and West will help to promote the company, with the aim of bringing Gecko’s work to new audiences.

“I’m thrilled and excited to become a patron of Gecko. It’s exciting theatre that 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 [Lahav, founder] and the company.”

West described the company’s work as a “thrillingly inventive concert of lyrical movement, breathtaking imagery and a wry humanity”.

Lahav said: “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.”

The announcement follows news that Gecko’s show The Wedding will premiere have its London premiere in January 2019 as part of the London International Mime Festival at the Barbican.

The company has now been running for 18 years, and will begin development of its next show in 2019.