We are all married, bound by a contract.But what are the terms of this relationship? And can we consider a divorce?
Award-winning physical theatre company Gecko’s new show focuses on personal and political marriage. With a performing company of nine, this is Gecko’s most ambitious show to date and visits Watford’s Palace Theatre for a limited run (January 23 to 25).
Established in 2001, Gecko is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company, led by artistic director Amit Lahav.
Gecko’s seventh creation, The Wedding, is inspired by the complexities of human nature: the struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation.
The extraordinary ensemble of nine international performers guides audiences through a blur of wedding dresses and contractual obligations, a dystopian world in which we are all brides, wedded to society.
Combining movement, imagery and provocative narratives in Gecko’s trademark style, The Wedding brings these contracts into question with an emotionally charged and spectacular performance.
We all want to believe in our journey, but where are we heading? Is it too late to stop, to go back, to fall in love, to start again?
Amit Lahav, Gecko’s artistic directors says: “As a company working with an international ensemble of artists we are devoted to sharing our work with as wide an audience as possible. To have eight regional arts organisations supporting us in this commitment with The Wedding is of great significance.
“Gecko’s ambition is to be seen as a resident rather than touring company in each place we visit: to develop and nurture a long-lasting relationship not only with the in-house team but with the audiences who put their trust in us each time they come to experience a Gecko show.”
Amit has devised a rigorous and productive process of developing a show over a period of two years, including an initial phase of development followed by a Creation Tour in which the show changes and progresses dramatically. The Wedding’s first work in progress was shared in June 2016 at Pulse Festival in Ipswich and the show’s Creation Tour took place in spring 2017 (Northern Stage in Newcastle, New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry).
Supported by Arts Council England and Ipswich Borough Council. The Wedding is a Gecko production co-commissioned by DanceEast and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Northern Stage, HOME Manchester and Beijing 707 N-Theatre Co. Ltd (Edinburgh Fringe Showcase in China) in association with Lighthouse, Poole and Warwick Arts Centre, supported by The Point, Eastleigh.
Watford Palace Theatre’s artistic director and chief executive, Brigid Lamour comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Gecko back to Watford Palace Theatre with their production The Wedding, having had the company perform here 10 years ago with The Arab and the Jew. We can’t wait to let our audiences experience and discover how the company has developed into one of the most innovative physical theatre companies in the world today.”
Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ, January 23 to 25. Details: 01923 235455