Thick & Tight is an award-winning dance theatre company based in the UK who create a mix of dance, mime, theatre & drag, taking influence from a wide range of historical, political, literary & artistic subjects.
“Aesthetic visionaries with a singular approach”
"These sublime & joyous slices of bentertainment reward repeat viewing”
Simon Casson, Duckie
Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry have been working as Thick & Tight since 2012 after training together at Rambert School. They began by making small scale work at pub theatres and gay pubs and have gone on to present their shows at high-profile venues such as Sadler's Wells (London International Mime Festival), Southbank, the Royal Opera House, Barbican Centre, Britten Pears Arts, Tate Britain, The Place, Tate Liverpool & Wilton's Music Hall while maintaining a focus on presenting their work in socially engaged contexts such as LGBTQ+ venues, family festivals & charity fundraisers.
Based in ballet and contemporary dance techniques, their choreographic style is intricate, distinctive and musical, incorporating elements of queer performance such as drag, lip-syncing and camp humour, with a close relationship between movement & design. Their work is currently and continually investigating a range of LGBTQ+ issues and figures, current queer culture and its link to dance. At the heart of their practice they develop their choreography, storytelling and teachings in relation to these issues with a hope to keep developing positive narratives within the dance ecology & beyond.
Internationally their work has been presented at a variety of arts festivals including Stockholm Fringe (Sweden), Klovnbuf International Festival (Slovenia), Sydney Fringe (Australia) & Lucky Trimmer (Germany). In 2022 Thick & Tight travelled to Japan to study Noh and Kyogen theatre ahead of performances at the Noh Reimagined Festival in London in June 2022.
For their work, Thick & Tight have received 4 awards:
- South East Dance's Space to Dance Award
- Stockholm Fringe Award for Excellence in Performance
- International Screendance Festival Frieburg
In 2020 Thick & Tight were made Align Artists at South East Dance, furthering their ongoing connection to the region.
In 2021/22 Thick & Tight are receiving support from The Lowry as part of their Developed With scheme.
In 2022 Thick & Tight became Associate Artists at The Albany in Deptford.
Thick & Tight have extensive experience working with students and participants of different ages, abilities and artistic backgrounds, through workshops, classes, talks and commissions.
Find out more about Thick & Tight's engagement work here.
Eleanor and Daniel have an ongoing collaboration with Corali Dance Company (a highly regarded group of artists with learning disabilities) and work regularly with Duckie; an infamous club night and organisation in London celebrating and promoting all things queer.
Thick & Tight are also part of two trios; Legs 67 with Thom Shaw and the Four Gay Triplets with Carl Harrison. The Four Gay Triplets host and curate an annual fundraising cabaret night called Small Pleasures at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in support of Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants. Time Out Magazine describes Small Pleasures as "the kind of thing you still live in London for".