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17 April 2019
Author: Sam Butler- Co-Artistic Director of Fevered Sleep

Fevered Sleep's Men & Girls Dance returns to The Place

Next week we welcome back Fevered Sleep's hit show Men & Girls Dance to The Place stage. In this blog post Fevered Sleep's Co-Artistic Director, Sam Butler, writes about why the Company enjoy working with The Place to bring this ambitious project to life.


Men & Girls Dance is returning to The Place. We’ve never performed it at the same venue twice, and though the show is the same, we’ve assembled a new company of girls as participants to work alongside the men. If we sketch the outlines of this show, place phrase alongside section, lay out the building blocks of the piece, it will appear to be just the same as before. But the magic of this project is in its participants. The 14 humans who come together on the first day, to perform just 11 days later, bring with them (along with their packed lunches and water bottles and snacks), their unique bodies and histories; their fears, their skills, their stickiness. And so Men & Girls Dance is never just the same wherever we go, it can’t be.

Why twice at The Place? We love it here. The facilities, the studios and spaces to play and run and sleep as well as to dance. We love the beautiful blank black box of a theatre which holds all this fizzing being and lets you look and really see. But it’s more than a building, it’s the people here at The Place, they just get it; they understood and championed the show when it was still just an idea. They know through presenting it the first time that this idea of asking nine 8-11 year olds, some with no dancing experience to come and perform together with five strangers 11 days later is a big ask. They understand that though it’s probably easier to audition girls who are familiar with The Place through attending dance classes, or workshops or who have experienced performing in professional shows, it’s important to us to look further, going to local schools and inviting girls who have no previous connection or experience in dance to get the chance to participate. All this adds many more layers of support, not to mention administration and liaison for our team and for theirs.

It takes trust, courage, hard work and a lot of love to make this show, and to be doing it all again with The Place makes all of that a little bit easier.

See Men & Girls Dance 25 - 30 Apr. Book here

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Fevered Sleep

Back by popular demand, Fevered Sleep's Men & Girls Dance brings together two very different groups of performers: men who dance professionally and girls from London who dance for

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