“So many powerful performances, so many important messages“
– Headfunk 2021 audience member
What’s Headfunk all about?
Headfunk is a thought provoking and entertaining event, which aims to raise awareness of men’s mental health. 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.
This year we focused on exploring themes of reconnection and bravery – and the wide range of ways bravery can manifest – in relation to men’s mental health.
What happened on the night?
The performers that took to the stage ranged from professional dance artists to local people who had never set foot on a stage in a theatre before. Aged between 5 and 72, each performer bravely took the opportunity to express themselves through movement and share their stories to inspire and embolden others to create safe spaces to talk openly about men’s mental health.
Headfunk would not have happened without the local partners we collaborated with who suported the Headfunk performers and audience on their Headfunk journey – Round About Cafe, Solent Mind, REgeneration, We Are Hummingbird, Artful Scribe.
The evening began with the opportunity for audiences to meet brilliant local health organisations – our partners – through a range of interactive activities around the building before finding their seat in the theatre. The main event for the featured dance performances created specifically for Headfunk, sharing inspiring personal journeys and community stories. Headfunk was MC’d by ZoieLogic collaborator Liam Gifford and Zoie Golding.
50 performers, from professional artists to those brand new to dance, took to the stage to tell their stories, reconnect with people and raise awareness of men’s mental health by sharing their experiences and emotions through dance.
“Last night’s Headfunk 2021 event got us thinking and talking about men’s mental health, mental health in general, and men’s dance. So many powerful performances, so many important messages.“
Joanne Fisher – Headfunk 2021 audience member
This year 70% of those who performer on stage were men.
“I find it so powerful watching men dance, especially men who have never stepped foot on a stage before“
Leigh Johnstone – Headfunk 2021 audience member
“Headfunk has made me feel proud to be a man again“
Ian Hurst – Headfunk 2021 audience member
During the lead up to Headfunk we collaborated with 8 different groups of local communities and engaged with them for a total of 95 hours – where, together, we discussed male identity and mental health and used movement to express personal experiences.
“It’s a dream come true for me, to have a group of men to create dance with“
Neil Hatchett – Headfunk Collective performer
Headfunk isn’t the only place we strive to create safe spaces for conversation about mental health – as our projects and works develop in the coming months, we will be revisiting the themes of Headfunk and continue to collaborate with our Headfunk partners and local communities.
To find out more about future creative opportunities and activities with ZoieLogic Dance Theatre sign up to TeamLogic on our website.
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