The premise of much of Thick & Tight’s work is to pair together famous faces whose paths never crossed in real life, to reveal something about human nature through these imagined encounters. In Queen Have & Miss Haven’t, a high-camp mixture of ballet, melodrama and lip-syncing, Queen Victoria and Miss Havisham (from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations) are unable to escape each other’s clutches. Mourning their respective losses, these two ghastly clowns fester in a landscape of vengeful misery. Using Olivier Messiaen’s glorious Turangalîla Symphony as a backbone, this duet enters an audience into a horror movie where every outcome is misery and destruction.
Queen Have & Miss Haven’t is part of A Night With Thick & Tight, an award-winning triple bill presented at Brighton Fringe Festival, London International Mime Festival and Wilton’s Music Hall.
Thick & Tight are a UK based dance duo who take influence from a range of historical, political, literary & artistic subjects. Based in rigorous ballet & contemporary techniques, their choreographic style is intricate, distinctive & musical, incorporating elements of queer performance such as drag, lip-syncing & camp humour, with a close relationship between movement & design. Established in 2012, their award-winning work has been shown extensively in the UK and beyond.
Co-directors Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry are interested in promoting queer culture and accessibility within dance and exploring dance as a political art form with the power to challenge and dispel social stigma.