Originally from Denver, Colorado, Gwendolyn Gussman is a NYC-based Dance Artist, Choreographer, and Director. She grew up training at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and was part of their ‘Trainin’ Group’ for many years, in addition to apprenticing and performing with the ensemble as a senior in high school. Gwendolyn attended Denver School of the Arts as a dance major (under the direction of Michael O’Banion and Alicia Karczewski) from 2004-2011. Upon graduating from DSA, Gwendolyn moved to NYC to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. During her time at Tisch, she began dancing with Roger C. Jeffrey’s ‘Subtle Changes Inc’, and performed with Indah Walsh Dance Company. In 2014, Gwendolyn graduated with honors with a B.F.A. in Dance. She was offered a company position with Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2013, and upon graduation, she joined SWDA. She danced with SWDA from 2014-2015, performing repertory (Rite of Spring, Map, Collective Measures, Folding) both internationally and nationally. With SWDA she had the incredible opportunity to perform in places such as Russia, China, Italy and others, performing at The Shanghai Cultural Square Theater, The Stanislavsky Theater (Moscow, Russia), American Dance Festival (Durham, NC.), Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC.), and at The Koch Theater at Lincoln Center as part of Paul Taylor’s Season in 2015, among others.
In 2015, Gwendolyn began to free-lance and decided to delve into doing experimental performances. Gwendolyn started her own interdisciplinary company working under the title Nourishment. Nourishment is a series of immersive and site specific performances that bring together artists driven to create and perform new work related to the human condition. Each iteration is a multi-sensory and interdisciplinary performance experience blending dance, theater, live music, visual arts and new media, and installation design, with food and drinks. On April 1-3rd, 2016 Nourishment premiered it’s first site-specific evening-length performance at The Fleming Mansion in Denver, CO centered around the question: what does it feel like to fall in love? On September 21-23rd, 2017, Nourishment premiered it’s second production at Planta Baja in Brooklyn, NY centered around the question: what does it feel like to grow up? On May 26-28th, 2018, Nourishment brought (what does it feel like to grow up?) on tour to a historic house in the Capitol Hill area of Denver, Colorado. On Feb. 8-10th, 2019, Nourishment (Why Believe?) premiered in Lakewood, CO. at MOVE! arts space. Gwendolyn has directed and self-produced all of these productions. Find more info at thisisnourishment.com
Gwendolyn has choreographed in various settings, from her work with Nourishment to choreographing for the Seaside International Dance Festival (Seaside, FL), Nimbus DanceWorks OFFLINE Series as their site-specific and resident choreographer (Jersey City, NJ), Denver School of the Arts (Denver, CO), YourMove Festival (Jersey City, NJ), The Dance Collective (Hartford, CT), Uptown Rising Bridge for Dance (NYC), BOUNCE (NYC), music videos, and more. She loves collaborating with artists in different disciplines and has performed with The Warp Trio (NYC), Jett Kwong (CA), Meredith Rose (CT), Hallie Spoor (NYC), Trevor New (NYC), and others. Most recently, Gwendolyn was selected as a Resident Choreographer/ Site-Specific Choreographer for Nimbus DanceWorks Offline Series, creating a new solo in collaboration with installation artist, Bithika Adhikary. 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 is currently performing with Sean Curran Company, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Vanessa Walter’s ‘Ripening’, Heidi Latsky Dance, and Roger C. Jeffrey’s ‘Subtle Changes Inc.’
Past credits include dancing with Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, as well as performing works by Martha Graham, Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Deborah Jowitt, Charlotte Boyd-Christenson, Cornelius Carter, Carlos Dos Santos, 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 RYT Yoga instructor who teaches private clients at Pivot Pilates and classes at A-Line Pilates and Prema Yoga Brooklyn.