Men & Girls Dance is a celebration of the rights of adults and children to be together, to play together and to dance together. At times playful, at times provocative, emotionally charged, and deeply political, Men & Girls Dance is a celebration of tenderness, empathy, care, protection and love.
Men & Girls Dance was created during August 2015 when Fevered Sleep invited 9 local girls and 5 professional male dancers to join them in a month-long residency at Greenwich Dance. Fevered Sleep are now touring the work from 2016, recreating the residency model with partners in different cities who will ‘host’ the project for two weeks at a time. In each location, Fevered Sleep and their partners will recruit a company of 9 local girls and create the piece anew.
Created for an adult audience, Men & Girls Dance continues Fevered Sleep’s ambition to encourage audiences to think about the world in different ways, to start conversations, and invite new thinking.
Men & Girls Dance was one of the first public performances at Dance4’s new international Centre for Choreography in August 2016.
“Men & Girls Dance is a tender, funny and touching exploration and celebration of human relationships” – Parent of participant, Greenwich Dance
“The performance was extremely moving. Very insightful and thought provoking. I don’t think I will ever forget this dance piece. Thank you for making this experience so special, and for nurturing young dancers to be inspired to take risks within their own dance practices.” – Parent of participant, Greenwich Dance
“Best dance thing I’ve ever done. We weren’t following a leader, they let us come up with our own ideas. I just absolutely loved it.” – Participant in London
“We would never have seen the same group of people connecting with a piece of contemporary performance at that level without this kind of co-created work.” – Allegra Galvin, Director or Quarterhouse Folkestone
Men & Girls Dance is produced in association with Fuel. Commissioned by The Place.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn foundation, Wellcome trust, Dance4, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Greenhouse and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Development of Men & Girls Dance was supported by The Place, London; The Point, Eastleigh; Dance4; Quarterhouse, Folkestone; the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project; Greenhouse and Greenwich Dance.