2014 Edinburgh Showcase - Missing

Critically acclaimed physical dance theatre company, Gecko present another visually stunning, visceral, physical performance, embracing elements of dance, clowning and mime.

Taking its creators’ personal experiences, relationships and emotional responses to the world for inspiration, the production is a journey into the depths of a person’s psyche. As Lily unearths her forgotten past and the truth changes everything, the audience enters a deliciously warped world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music that exemplifies the precision-moulded nature of the company’s work.


Founded in 2001, Gecko has become an award-winning and internationally respected dance theatre company. Led by artistic director Amit Lahav, and influenced by his previous work as a performer with world-class theatre practitioners such as Steven Berkoff, David Glass and Lindsay Kemp, the company creates devised performance through collaboration, experimentation and play. Aiming to ‘serve as a launch pad for our audience’s imaginations, awakening their senses and engaging their emotions’ Gecko has taken five critically acclaimed productions to over 20 countries and continues to develop strong partnerships around the world. With an expanding ensemble of international performers and makers, and working across all age groups, nationalities and forms, Gecko celebrates diversity.


  • 19.30, 25 - 26 November 2014, Shanghai Grand Theater, Lyric Theatre
  • 19.30, 30 November - 1 December 2014, Wuhan Zhongnan Theater
  • 19.30, 7 - 8 December 2014, Shenzhen Futian District Culture Center
  • 19.30, 12 - 13 December 2014, Nanjing Zijing Grand Theatre

Notes from the Director (Amit Lahav)

“Missing has been an extraordinary and epic journey so far. In January 2010 I was working in Wisconsin USA with a dance company when an idea emerged which has stayed in my mind for over two years. A woman discovers she has a decaying soul. I have drawn a thousand pictures and re- drafted the structure over and over and this is where we are. I honestly don’t know what Missing will mean to you – I sincerely hope it will mean something different to everyone. There are so many important elements when making a Gecko show; relationships, listening, time, trust, belief, money, talent & determination and so on, at some point when all of these combine this “thing” emerges – a Gecko show. I never really know what it is until an audience, the final element, character, relationship interacts with it. The audience becomes the author and then and only then does the show live.”

Masterclass/Lecture: Listen to Amit’s private lessons
Amit Lahav, Artistic Director, Gecko

Amit's masterclass will focus on:

• How can physical language touch people’s heart?
• Why physical language but no verbal?
• How to stimulate actors’ potential?

Edinburgh Fringe Showcase 2014 

Co-organised by British Council China and Beijing 707 N-Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Showcase 2014 takes place in China from September to November 2014.

The British Council's Edinburgh Showcase is a biennial showcase of contemporary UK performance, featuring some of the most outstanding productions made in the UK.

Selected from the Edinburgh Showcase 2013, four plays will tour to China in the autumn of 2014. These plays include Odyssey by the Paper Cinema; Missing by the Gecko ; and I, Malvolio. What Happens To the Hope at the End of the Night by the man dubbed as the king of Scottish Theatre, Tim Crouch, is the final play in the showcase. 

These four plays will introduce the unique creativity and diverse vision of UK theatre productions to Chinese audiences. An exciting range of activities including master classes, workshops and lectures will be held alongside the festival in Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, and Nanjing. It promises to be a real feast for theatre fans! 

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