Men & Girls Dance

A new dance piece celebrating the rights of adults and children to be together, to play together and to dance together.

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Men & Girls Dance brings together two very different groups of performers: adult, male professional contemporary dancers, and girls who dance for fun.

At times playful, at times thought-provoking, Men & Girls Dance celebrates the rights of adults and children to be together, to play together and to dance together. It’s a joyful celebration of tenderness, empathy, and love.

Created for an adult audience, Men & Girls Dance continues Fevered Sleep’s ambition to encourage audiences to think differently about the world and to start conversations.

Thanks to Arts Council Strategic Touring funds, a series of performance residencies took place between March and October2016. During each of these residencies, we worked with a new company of girls from the local area. In Spring 2017, we held a residency at The Place in London, and in Summer 2017, the project will be taking place at Tate Britain .

To keep up to date with Men & Girls Dance you can visit the microsite, follow #fsMenAndGirls on Twitter, or sign up to our mailing list.  If you are interested in hosting a version of the project, please email




Tate Britain in London

27 – 30 July and 3 – 6 August 2017, between 2-2.45pm, 3.30-4.15pm and 5-5.45pm each day

The Place in London

13th – 15th & 18th – 22nd April at 7.30, plus a matinee at 2.30pm on 22nd April


Quarterhouse in Folkestone

Fri 8th April 7.00pm | Sat 9th April 2.30pm, 7.30pm

Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield

Fri 3rd June 7.30pm | Sat 4th June 7.30pm

The Lowry in Salford

Thu 11th August | Fri 12th August

Dance4 in Nottingham

Thu 25th August | Fri 26th August | Sat 27th August

South East Dance in Brighton

Thu 27th October | Fri 28th October | Sat 29th October


Research & Development so far

The following venues have hosted the project:

The Place, London, June 2013

The Point, Eastleigh, August 2013

Dance4, Nottingham, October 2014, supported by the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project

Quarterhouse, Folkestone, January 2015, seeded by greenhousea Farnham Maltings initiative

Greenwich Dance, London, August 2015

The Men & Girls Dance Newspaper

As part of the project we publish a newspaper, including pieces written by people who live and work in each city the project is recreated in. It is a collection of creative writing on the themes of the project, such as love, empathy and trust.



“In a time of ever-increasing suspicion and abuse a theatrical undertaking such as this is challenging taboos. Fevered Sleep’s quietly radical, hour-long effort wears its importance with a creditable lightness and grace.”
The Times
“Men and Girls Dance is brave and exquisitely beautiful”, “an utter delight: sometimes comic, often tender and frequently exuberant”
The Guardian
"Direct and vital"
The Stage
“Seeing these men and girls dancing happily together was a little piece of normality, beautifully presented”
Dancing Times
"‘A unique, timely and unforgettable dance work that will make you laugh, cry and think... Unmissable"
Everything Theatre
"Believe the hype. Men & Girls Dance is exactly what the world needs right now...This is gold dust."
"The work is a touching and joyful demonstration of optimism about us humans in an increasingly bleak age"
Dance Tabs
"It is astonishing, how radical it feels to watch"
London Theatre 1
“Engaging and life-enhancing”
British Theatre Guide
“Impressive, uplifting and smartly constructed, Fevered Sleep’s Men & Girls Dance is a dance theatre piece which doesn’t shy away from its subject”
Arthur's Seat

Supported by

With additional support from:

The Place, The Point Eastleigh, Dance4, Quarterhouse, Greenwich Dance

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