Let’s talk about young people’s mental health.
In 2017 we supported Hawk Dance Theatre with space and time to help them research and develop a new performance work which was initially created with men’s mental health in mind. Subsequent HandsON test shows demonstrated its wider appeal, speaking on behalf of and resonating with a variety of other groups.
Excited at its potential for reaching a wider and younger audience, discussions in late 2018 resulted in HandsON: The Caretakers
With mental health problems affecting 1 in 10 children, we wanted to see how we can use dance, digital technology and live performance to support young people 11+, helping them deal better with the demands of a digital society.
Hawk Dance Theatre were in residence at Ludus Dance for three days between the 18th & 20th of February, working with our Artistic Director Anthony Briggs to adapt and test a new version of the work for younger audiences.
In April 2019 they will take the show to a group of targeted young people in Kendal.
Stay tuned for further updates and developments.