Thick and Tight are an award-winning dance duo 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 & Eleanor Perry have been creating their unique style of dance theatre since 2012 after training together at Rambert School. They began by making small scale work at pub theatres & gay pubs & 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, Britten Pear 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 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. Their work is currently & continually investigating a range of LGBTQ+ issues & figures, current queer culture & its link to dance. At the heart of their practice they develop their choreography, storytelling & 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 2021 Thick & Tight will be presenting new work at Tokyo's National Noh Theatre, for the Tokyo Tokyo festival in Japan.
Thick & Tight often work with students, teaching, lecturing & choreographing new work for them; they have worked with Rambert School, London Contemporary Dance School, Edge Hill University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Laban to study & create new work which reflects their artistic research & interest in the potential of dance as a political art form with the power to create positive social change.
For their work, T&T have received four 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.
Eleanor & 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".