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Fevered Sleep’s Men & Girls Dance at The Place in April 2019

Fevered Sleep perform 'Men & Girls Dance' Sweden photo by David Thibel
Fevered Sleep perform ‘Men & Girls Dance’ Sweden photo by David Thibel

FEVERED SLEEP’s critically acclaimed and much-discussed dance production, Men & Girls Dance, will be back at The Place in April 2019, two years since it performed there to capacity houses. Men & Girls Dance will be performed by a cast of five professional male dancers and nine girls aged 8-11 from in and around London who were cast from open auditions.

Men & Girls Dance has entertained, challenged, surprised and charmed audiences at every turn. It was named as one of the Guardian’s Top 10 Theatre Shows 2016 and the Evening Standard’s Best Dance in London 2017. The show perfectly complements Fevered Sleep’s creative philosophy: to produce thought-provoking projects that challenge people’s perceptions of their relationships with each other and society in general.

The piece is co-conceived/directed by Fevered Sleep’s award-winning artistic directors David Harradine and Sam Butler.

Says David: “This show is for anyone who’s interested in contemporary performance or dance. It’s for anyone who cares about human relationships. It’s for people who have never been to see contemporary dance before, who might think it’s not for them. It’s for the parents and relatives and neighbours of the girls who perform in the show. It’s for everyone.

Says Sam: “David and I spoke to a lot of people about the idea and initially we had some strikingly negative responses based on just the idea of men and girls dancing together. We immediately knew how important it was to challenge these notions and to reclaim the right for girls and men to be together and dance together as fellow human beings.

Men & Girls Dance is an utter delight, sometimes comic, often tender and frequently exuberant. It’s a show that challenges the idea that contact between young girls and adults, particularly adult males, may be suspect and which celebrates children and grown-ups playing and dancing together with giddy abandon.” (Guardian)

“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. It’s meaningful and fun. ★★★★ (The Times)

“…the evening was great fun…seeing these men and girls dancing happily together was a little piece of normality beautifully presented for an audience to enjoy.” (Dancing Times)

At THE PLACE, London – April 2019
April 25th-30th at 7.30pm
April 27th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm; April 28th no performance
The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London WC1H 9PY
Running time: approx 60 minutes, no interval
https://www.theplace.org.uk

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