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by TF Dance Co

theatre, dance


about the production

S I C K follows one man's struggle against depression, told through contemporary and street dance influences, a bespoke soundtrack, and a slick use of moving props, this new mainstream work will take you on an emotional journey, following one man's experience of living with depression and the ripple effect this has on others in his life.

about the artist

TF Dance Co is an innovative dance company that fuses narrative ballet with contemporary and street dance styles, known for their high-energy and emotionally charged choreography. The company has achieved critical acclaim with their work being featured in various prestigious venues, including The Arts Council-funded production "Prisoner 466," Short film "Carly's Exit" which premiered at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the New York 'Dance for Camera' Festival. TF Dance Co has also featured in Snow Patrol's 2018 music video "Don't Give In." The company has also produced four half-hour showcases at The Place London.

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stage dimensions

width: 12 metres

height: 10 metres

depth: 10 metres

To stage this work, a minimum space of 12m x 10m is needed, covered with black Harley dancefloor or similar material. A blackout is preferable but not necessary. The show's sound will run through QLAB or a similar system operated by the production manager/technician, while the lighting design will be developed during rehearsals. The show includes movable props provided by the company, including a table, chair, door on wheels, bench, and swivel chair. The running time of the show is 65 minutes. The touring company consists of a choreographer, eight dancers, a production manager/technician, and a producer.

S I C K is a production suitable for all ages, with a particular focus on reaching audiences aged 16 and above. The show delves into the struggles of poor mental health, specifically depression in men. According to the Office for National Statistics in 2020, men are three times more likely to take their own lives due to poor mental health than women. S I C K tells the story of one man's journey through mental health struggles and how it affects not only his life but also those around him.

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We can offer 45-minute dance workshops as part of the show programming which can be provided to either dance experienced participants or complete novices. We provide the participants with an uplifting endorphin release while also providing them with a toolbox they can tap into to help manage their mental health. Taira Foo has been working with mental health charity MIND UK providing these workshops to their service users.