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Thick and Tight

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Sussex Dance Network and DCLive presents : Thick and Tight

Thick & Tight are Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry, an award winning British based dance theatre duo who create avant-garde shows using dance, lip-syncing, text, film, design and acting to present characters who collide on the dance floor. Founded in the rigour of ballet and contemporary dance techniques, their work is exuberantly theatrical & eccentric, aiming to plumb the depths of human experience to entertain and move our audience. Their work extends from dance/theatre to cabaret, gallery and festival audiences.

Thick & Tight’s work springs from an ongoing exploration into the idea of ‘queerness in dance’ and its relevance for non-dance/LGBTQ+ audiences. They aim to present dance in solidarity with the past and present in queer culture, through the content and style of their work. Icons, drama, high camp, humour, struggle and resistance are depicted as the lives of well known people are examined in intricately crafted pieces of theatre.


The show is a creative talk with extracts of video, costume and movement.

In this talk presented by Sussex Dance Network and Devonshire Collective,Thick & Tight will discuss their creative methods, processes and inspirations. They will also show excerpts of their latest show A Night with Thick & Tight, a triple bill looking at Queen Victoria, Marilyn Monroe and Claude Cahun, among others. A Night with Thick & Tight was presented during the London International Mime Festival 2019

“A subversive delight’ ***** The Stage

Ticket Price: £8 full price, £5 DC Members & Associates or Sussex Dance Network Members

Show Length is 60 minutes with QR Code Trail downstairsby DR Martin Hargreaves,

Martin Hargreaves is a dramaturg, writer, and performer and his research practices range between boredom and hysteria. His primary interests are in the recent history of contemporary dance, queer performance arts, and camp misunderstandings. In 2003 he was awarded a PhD for his thesis entitled Performativity, Spectrality, Hysteria and from 2003 to 2013 he was the Editor of Dance Theatre Journal. From 2005 to 2015 Martin was Programme Leader of the MA The Body in Performance at Trinity Laban. He has worked recently with Pablo Bronstein, Boris Charmatz, Nicola Conibere and Yvonne Rainer. This year he is the Guest Dramaturg at South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and was a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Visiting Lecturer in Performative Practices at DOCH, Stockholm before taking up the post of Director of Undergraduate Programmes at London Contemporary Dance School. 

The audience will be able to scan the QR codes to read Martin’s research and writings in relation to the themes in Thick and Tight’s work. 

Both trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and work extensively as freelance performers and choreographers. Thick & Tight were established in 2012 and have presented work at venues and festivals including Wilton’s Music Hall, The Lyric Hammersmith, Lucky Trimmer Berlin, Duckie, Tate Britain, Hull City of Culture, The Royal Festival Hall, Yorkshire Dance, Hackney Showroom and The Marlborough Theatre Brighton.

Daniel is from Eastbourne and Thick & Tight are based between London and the South East.

Sorry but Leaf Hall currently does not have disabled access to the 1st floor where the performance space is, there are approx. 26 steps upstairs.

Leaf Hall has a licensed bar.


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Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre
51 Seaside
Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7NB United Kingdom
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01323 325764