HOLDTIGHT Company

Founded in 2016 and led by Gwendolyn Gussman, HOLDTIGHT illuminates the intersection of art, environmental activism, psyche and body through the interconnected nature of various perspectives and identities. HOLDTIGHT pairs performance with participatory and immersive art to delve into the urgent topics of today such as climate change and the human psyche. HOLDTIGHT has collaborated with over 40 acclaimed artists, including Grammy and Emmy-award winners and blends artistic mediums including dance, music, voice, scenography, text, and video, with peripheral research, in a committed collaboration to conceptualize, develop, produce, and present each performance experience. Our mission is to create transformative experiences which elicit questions, conversations, interconnection, and deep joy, supporting humanity toward healing and radical forward-thinking change.

The company’s repertoire includes site-specific work created for non-traditional performance spaces including an 1800’s carriage house, an armory, historic mansions and unconventional theaters. Since its founding, HOLDTIGHT has created and premiered eight evening-length immersive works, including the Nourishment series. HOLDTIGHT has been presented nationally at The Cell Theatre, The Olympic Auditorium Complex, Carroll Hall, MOVE! Dance and Arts Space, Church Street School for Music and Art, The Wadsworth Museum, YourMove Festival, HiArtist, and more. From 2020-2022, HOLDTIGHT was Artist-in-Residence at The Cell Theatre in New York City. In 2023 HOLDTIGHT was Artist-in-Residence at Carroll Hall in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where they began building un/tethered. HT’s work has been co-produced by Control Group Productions and featured in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail, The Dance Enthusiast, The Denver Post, Eye on the Arts (Dance), No Proscenium, 303 Magazine, Colorado Public Radio’s ‘Colorado Matters’, Westword, The Stewardship Report, offoffoff, Front Row Center, Presenting Denver, and Interludes.HOLDTIGHT maintains an initiative to foster conversations and community beyond performance experiences; HOLDTIGHT hosts quarter-annual Community Events and offers open-level educational workshops. HT is currently 2024 Artist-in-Residence with Denver Arts & Venues where they will premiere their newest piece, together : un/tethered in April 2024.

Contact NameGwendolyn Gussman

LocationDenver, CO