Nuno Queimado in The World's Greatest Show at the Royal Opera House 26.07.2014

Nuno Queimado performs in Arthur Pita's new work, The World's Greatest Show. The production has played at Greenwich and Ipswich, the company appear tonight at the Royal Opera House.

The show explores the disturbing phenomenon of 'dance marathons', in which couples laid low by the American Great Depression would dance for thousands of hours in the hope of winning prize money. A compelling and disturbing phenomenon seen in 1930s America, dance marathons were astonishing human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours competing for prize money. The longest recorded marathon lasted for 3780 hours.