"Original, inspired and fantastically talented" Total Theatre
"F’ing excellent, Like watching Nureyev and the Divine David on mushrooms! Book now, like NOW" G Scene
"Cultured magpies" Exeunt Magazine
"I love it... I’m literally craning my neck to get closer to the stage" British Theatre Guide
"A subversive delight" ***** The Stage
"No-one makes work anything like this" - BachTrack
Thick & Tight is a dance theatre company based in the UK. The company creates a mix of dance, mime, theatre & drag, taking influence from a wide range of historical, political, literary & artistic subjects.
Thick & Tight is co-directed by Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry.
We have been working as Thick & Tight since 2012 after training together at Rambert School. We began by making small-scale work at pub theatres and gay pubs and have gone on to present our shows at venues and festivals such as:
Of equal importance is the company's focus on presenting work in socially engaged contexts such as LGBTQ+ venues, family festivals & charity fundraisers.
In 2022, Thick & Tight became Associate Artists at The Lowry and at The Albany in Deptford. In 2020 Thick & Tight were made Align Artists at South East Dance, furthering their ongoing connection to the region.
Based in ballet and contemporary dance techniques, Thick & Tight's choreographic style is intricate, distinctive and musical. It incorporates elements of queer performance such as drag, lip-syncing and camp humour, with a close relationship between movement & design. The company's work is currently and continually investigating a range of LGBTQ+ issues and figures, current queer culture and its link to dance.
We have an ongoing partnership with Corali Dance Company, a highly regarded group of artists with learning disabilities. Together, we work to disband elitism and stigma in dance and beyond.
Internationally, Thick & Tight's work has been presented at a variety of arts festivals including Materia Prima (Poland), Stockholm Fringe (Sweden), Klovnbuf International Festival (Slovenia), Sydney Fringe (Australia) & Lucky Trimmer (Germany). In 2022 we travelled to Japan to study Noh and Kyogen theatre ahead of performances at the Noh Reimagined Festival in London in June 2022.
Thick & Tight have received 4 awards:
- South East Dance's Space to Dance Award
- Pebble Trust's Brighton Fringe International Touring Bursary
- Stockholm Fringe Award for Excellence in Performance
- International Screendance Festival Frieburg