Men & Girls Dance

The Evening Standard’s Best Dance Shows in 2017 

The Guardian’s Top 10 Theatre Shows of 2016

Runner-Up - Social and Community Impact Award, The Guardian University Awards

Nominee - Research Project of The Year, Humanities and Social Sciences

The Times Higher Education Awards 2017

Men & Girls Dance by Fevered Sleep 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.

After a successful tour in 2016, and two weeks of performances at The Place in London in spring 2017, Men & Girls Dance took place at Tate Britain in summer 2017, presented by Tate London’s Early Years and Families Learning Programme. In this brand new version, the dancers met in a series of playful encounters reimagined for the unique setting of the Walk Through British Art Galleries.

The project’s first international residency took place at Skånes Dansteater in Malmö, Sweden in November 2018 as part of their Dance & People festival, followed by a successful return to The Place in London in April 2019.

As part of the project, we produce a newspaper featuring creative writing on the themes of the work, and a pop up space where people can talk about Men & Girls Dance called The Talking Place.


“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." ★★★★★ Bachtrack

"The work is a touching and joyful demonstration of optimism about us humans in an increasingly bleak age" ★★★★ Dance Tabs