Originally from Denver, Colorado, Gwendolyn Gussman is a NYC- based movement artist, choreographer and director. She is the artistic director of HOLDTIGHT, an experimental dance theater company using a multi-disciplinary approach to creating, teaching, and performing experiential and dynamic contemporary art. HOLDTIGHT productions have psychologically-driven processes that, in performance, blend the narrative with abstract and lean into paradox of the human condition. Founded in 2016, HOLDTIGHT has presented numerous productions of the site-specific & multi-sensory performance series entitled, Nourishment.
As a performing artist Gwendolyn has worked with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Sean Curran Company, Vanessa Walter’s ‘Ripening’, Heidi Latsky Dance (guest artist), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Roger C. Jeffrey’s ‘Subtle Changes Inc.’, director Daniel Fish, and others. With these artists, she has performed at The Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, MASS MoCA, Spoleto Fesitval, The Prince Theater, Shanghai Cultural Square Theater, Stanislavsky Theater in Moscow, and many others.
Gwendolyn has choreographed in various settings, from her work with Nourishment to performing her choreography at James Madison University’s Recital Hall (Harrisonburg, VA), choreographing for Nimbus DanceWorks OFFLINE series as their Site-Specific Resident Choreographer (Jersey City, NJ), the Seaside International Dance Festival (Seaside, FL), Denver School of the Arts (Denver, CO), YourMove Festival (Jersey City, NJ), Opening Act (NYC), BOUNCE Summer Intensive (NYC), The Dance Collective (Hartford, CT), Uptown Rising Bridge for Dance (NYC), music videos, and more. She has collaborated and performed with The Warp Trio (NYC), Jett Kwong (CA), Meredith Rose (CT), Hallie Spoor (NYC), and Trevor New (NYC) with whom she is working on a duet using cutting-edge technology called the MYOband. In addition, Gwendolyn has been a guest teacher at notable institutions such as NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Yale University, James Madison University and others.
Gwendolyn graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. Past credits also include performing works by Martha Graham, Nathan Trice, Deborah Jowitt, Charlotte Boyd-Christenson, Cornelius Carter, and others. Gwendolyn has attended workshops and intensives for Johannes Wieland, Laterna Magica (Prague), Jarek Ceremek, Cedar Lake, The Ailey School, Dance Theater of Harlem, etc.
Additionally, Gwendolyn is a certified pilates instructor and yoga instructor who teaches private clients at Pivot Pilates in addition to classes and privates at A-Line Pilates.