Our Headfunk 2023 Round Up

For World Mental Health Day on the 10th October 2023, we celebrated our fourth HEADFUNK with a sold out show at MAST Mayflower Studios!

For World Mental Health Day on the 10th October 2023, we celebrated our fourth HEADFUNK with a sold out show at MAST Mayflower Studios!

Headfunk has become a highlight of the ZoieLogic calendar, using movement to connect and explore themes and awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

What do we mean by noise?

This year’s show was based around the theme of noise, and how live, digital or internal noise can impact our mental health. The night saw personal stories shared; all created from the performers’ lived experiences.

It could mean many things to many people… It could be things we perceive as distractions (unnecessary or unwanted), colliding pressures and stress (ie the pandemic, the cost of living, climate change) or literal noise and pollution. Often these noises aren’t isolated, but coming at us simultaneously from different angles.

Headfunk 2023 in detail


Total Participants took to the stage


Of participants identified as male


of participants were new to dance


of participants were new to headfunk


of participants were new to zoielogic


of participants first time on stage


FuzzyLogic – Why Dance?

Through years of experience we have seen first hand the life changing positive impact that creativity, dance and expression can have on a person’s mental health and wellbeing. FuzzyLogic, one of our youth companies, demonstrate this in all they do. The nigt kicked off with the lads being introduced by our very own Zoie Golding MBE, with a live, improvised exploration of how our creative process can work. The boys responded to instructions from Zoie that changed how they moved and interacted with one another in real time.

Roundabout Cafe – Overcast

Roundabout Cafe have been part of all four Headfunks! The performers from this group are all too familiar with the theme of noise pollution. Based in Mansbridge, they live with constant interruptions of unavoidable noise caused by transport. Their piece, Overcast, demonstrated the impact of living with this overwhelming noise everyday.

Society of Strays – Dis order in Gogh

Andy Gardiner, Artistic Director of Newcastle-based Dance Theatre Society of Strays came to Headfunk with new work ‘Dis Order in Gogh’, performed by Karl Fagerlund-Brekke. The piece reimagined moments in Vincent van Gogh’s short life, exploring his relationship with his Biploar Disorder. The work was informed by Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo, and navigated his dedication to art and some of the most iconic paintings of his career.

We Are Holyrood – Headphones Help

We Are Holyrood is a long-term, community-led collaboration with ZoieLogic and the residents of Holyrood to enable them to raise aspirations, challenge perceptions of who they are and illuminate the place they proudly call home. For this year’s Headfunk piece, the young people were asked ‘What do you do when the world gets too loud? Their response shared that putting on their headphones helped them feel calmer.

FuzzyLogic – Attention!

FuzzyLogic hit the stage again with their piece Attention! The work narrates the ideas of how technology has impacted our awareness, and ultimately can distract us with a different type of noise. You can read more on Attention! here.

FuzzyClear – The Sound Of…

FuzzyClear started in April 2017, after we heard demand for more regular dance activity that created access for young people with autism and other sensory differences. Since, FuzzyClear has welcomed 16 young people into the group regularly meeting once a week, with a current group of 7 members. This piece told the story of how we can react to different sounds, and how they can make us feel.

Impact Dance – Voices

Impact Dance engage young people of diverse backgrounds – particularly those considered ‘hard-to-reach’ and ‘under-privileged’ – to develop their performative and creative abilities and to empower them to enrich society through dance. Their powerful performance Voices fuses Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Spoken Word to explore issues of mental health and wellbeing.

The Collective – Dance Like No One’s Watching

The Collective, a group created in 2021 in response to the need for an all-male dance group for older men, was represented by its newest member, Jem. Jem said: “The opportunity to connect with others and explore something different was the impetus for getting involved. I was happy to take on the solo as at my age, I’ve come to a place where I’m ‘happy’ to “throw caution to the wind” and see what happens. Hopefully the mere act of sharing will bring some level of joy to those sitting and watching”


Before and after the performances, local health organisations were on site to chat and share their work through a range of activities. Find out more about them below…


ManGang provide multiple meetings across Southampton and the surrounding areas. These meetings allow men who are struggling with their mental health the chance for conversation.

No Limits

No Limits is an award-winning, local, independent charity providing a unique combination of prevention, early intervention and crisis support to young people, based on a nationally evidenced model. 

We Are Hummingbird

We are Hummingbird is a non-profit Mental Health awareness organisation. A community of music lovers who have united to spread awareness of mental health by using music as a platform to encourage people to open up and engage in conversation. 

Andy’s Man Club

ANDYSMANCLUB are a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online. They want to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation.

Autism Reality Experience

The Autism Reality Experience is an innovative, immersive and hands on training which has been developed to give non-autistic people an experience of the sensory processing difficulties faced by people on the autism spectrum.  

Saints Foundation

Supporting Southampton by delivering projects that respond to the ever-evolving needs of the people of our city. Connecting with our communities using the power of the Saints badge, helping those who feel the impact of inequalities the most.

Roundabout Cafe supported by Abri

Round About Cafe is supported by Abri, one of the south of England’s largest housing providers. Abri has worked in partnership with ZoieLogic Dance Theatre in recent years, focusing on community activity in the Mansbridge Ward.

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