The Queue is co-created by Julia Rhoads and Leslie Danzig in collaboration with 7 performers and The Claudettes, a neo-vaudevillian drum & piano duo. Set in a fictional international airport, The Queue’s influences are early 20th century forms of slapstick, vaudeville acts, Busby Berkeley style choreography, and creaky 1-act plays. The central narrative is adapted from a 1746 farcical play A Will and No Will, in which the imminent death of an old man propels an assortment of seemingly unrelated characters into a chaotic negotiation of their stakes in his life and their potential inheritances. These sources and performance vocabularies collide with contemporary dance and the distinctly nontheatrical context of waiting to create a comedic and moving dance-theater production.
Awards/Support: The Queue received support from the National Dance Project (with touring subsidies in 14-15), National Endowment for the Arts, and National Performance Network with co-commissioning partners Links Hall (Chicago) and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT).