2014, Links Hall @ Constellation, Chicago
Equal parts dance and theater, The Queue unfolds in a fictional airport, where travelers stumble humorously, tragically and awkwardly into each others’ private lives. Created by Lucky Plush founder/director Julia Rhoads and collaborator Leslie Danzig, The Queue finds its influences in early 20th-century forms of slapstick, vaudeville, Busby Berkeley-style choreography, creaky one-act plays and a 1746 farcical play about a family inheritance. These sources and performance vocabularies collide with contemporary dance and the distinctly non-theatrical context of waiting to create a dance-theater production, showcasing Lucky Plush’s signature blend of immediacy, humor and kineticism.
Lucky Plush presents dance theater work that is richly and uncompromisingly layered, and delivers the work in inviting and relatable ways. The company is often recognized for its complex choreography, surprising humor and incisive commentary on contemporary culture. In Lucky Plush, Julia Rhoads has created a company that is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence “a palpable liveness” shared by performers in real-time with the audience.
NEFA National Dance Project Production Award; NEFA National Dance Project Touring Award; NEFA National Dance Project Residency for Dance Award; NEA Art Works Grant; National Performance Network Creation Award; National Performance Network Forth Fund Award.
The Queue was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Queue is also supported through a production residency funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and additional support from the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
The Queue is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project, co-commissioned by Links Hall Chicago in partnership with Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT) and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). The Queue is also the recipient of a National Performance Network Forth Fund Award for a technical residency at Links Hall Chicago, with additional support from Links Hall.
Additional support for The Queue is provided by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Artstour & Live Music grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and a project grant from the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation. Early research and development for The Queue was made possible through a MacArthur International Connections Fund Award, in collaboration with the Dance and Physical Theatre Trust of New Zealand.