Nourishment (Why Believe?) NYC
to Sep 29

Nourishment (Why Believe?) NYC

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Following a sold-out run of Nourishment (Why Believe) in Colorado this past February 2019, HOLDTIGHT's latest production will make it's New York City debut this September 27-29th in Tribeca hosted by the Church Street School for Music and Art.

Nourishment is an evening-length, site-specific and multi-sensory performance experience that uses the collaboration of dance, theater, live music, storytelling, new media, set design, food and drinks to investigate the question: Why Believe?

This 5th chapter of Nourishment delves into a myriad of questions and feelings surrounding religion, afterlife, spirit and soul. What do you believe in and is it possible for deep beliefs to change? In our current national and international political climate it can seem that beliefs often do more dividing than bringing together. Why Believe asks the audience to explore what it means to believe in something, what it feels like to lose faith, and if the act of believing even matters at all.

Deemed intuitive and forceful (M. Davidson) and interdisciplinary, visceral, aloud and alive (Presenting Denver), Why Believe builds on the Nourishment mission of creating sensory and experiential performances. Immersed in a richly textured, polyphonic environment, audience members participate in the construction of their experience, interacting actively with foods, drinks, and set elements. "Why Believe?" probes the roles of individual agency, illusion, and knowledge in the formation of beliefs, and the audience will be asked to consider and reconsider the choices they have made as active participants in the evening's performance. Ticket prices include three small bites, paired with wine/beer/spirits. Nourishment has teamed up with several New York area purveyors to honor their commitment to partnering with companies who are local, organic, and working with sustainability.

Founded in 2015 under the artistic direction of Gwendolyn Gussman, HOLDTIGHT has developed, created, self-produced, and presented four evening-length Nourishment productions as well as participating and presenting work in several festivals. Premiering and touring work in both NYC and Denver, HOLDTIGHT has worked with over 25 national and international collaborators in disciplines including dance, theater, music, visual arts, projections, new media, set design, lighting design, chefs, sommeliers, and craft cocktail artists. Nourishment has received rave reviews and features by publications such as No Proscenium, 303Magazine,The Stewardship Report, Presenting Denver, offoffoff, and others.

Each Nourishment is based on a viscerally-charged question and blends dance, theater, live music, visual arts, new media, installation design, and storytelling, along with food and drinks, creating boundary pushing, experiential and intimate art performances that invite the audience to tap into their own feelings and memories through their five-senses.

Cast/Collaborating Artists for this production include: Anna Driftmier, Nico Gonzales, Gwendolyn Gussman, Aja Jackson, Jett Kwong Kelly, Xenia Mansour, Kevin Quinn Marchman, and Hallie Spoor.

Event Details:

-When: September 27-29, 2019 at 8pm

 -Where: Church Street School for Music and Art, 41 White Street, New York, NY. 

-Price: $75; includes three small bites and two drinks; on sale August 1st at

*** student discount available upon emailed request

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Nourishment (Why Believe?)
to Feb 10

Nourishment (Why Believe?)

We are excited to announce our latest Nourishment, based on the question: Why Believe? From February 8-10th, 2019, Why Believe will premiere in Lakewood, Colorado.

Why Believe? Delves into a myriad of questions and feelings surrounding religion, afterlife, spirit, and soul. In today’s world as well as other times in our history, it can seem as though belief falls into camps and divides us more than brings us together.

As a cast, we will be exploring what it means to believe in something, what it feels like to lose faith, and if it the act of believing even matters at all. Building on our mission to create experiential performances, this production will immerse the audience into the show in new ways and will nourish all of the audience's sense of taste with beverages and small bites.

Different from previous Nourishment productions, Why Believe will have a smaller cast, shorter run time, and more affordable ticket pricing.

**photo from Aja Jackson’s “A New Aura”. photographer: Matthew Rogers

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YourMove Festival
to Nov 4

YourMove Festival

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On November 2nd and November 4th, Gwendolyn will premiere a new solo in collaboration with Nourishment musical collaborator, Hallie Spoor, as part of the YourMove Festival in Jersey City, NJ.

Ticket link soon!

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OFFLINE Presents
to Oct 6

OFFLINE Presents

On October 5th (8:30pm) and October 6th (8pm), Gwendolyn will premiere a site-specific solo in collaboration with Installation artist, Bithika Adhikary as part of the OFFLINE Nimbus Dance Works Series.

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Use discount code: GussmanOFFLINE for $15 tickets!

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Nourishment (what does it feel like to grow up?) Denver 2018
to May 26

Nourishment (what does it feel like to grow up?) Denver 2018

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Following two sold-out runs of Nourishment in Denver, CO in 2016 and Brooklyn, NY in 2017, Gwendolyn&Guests is pleased to announce their return to Denver with a premiere of their latest Nourishment production, centered around the question: what does it feel like to grow up? Nourishment will return to Denver from May 24-26th, 2018 at a historic home in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood. Nourishment is an evening length performance experience aimed at provoking all five senses, through the collaboration of dance, live music, theater, storytelling, visual arts, set design, food and drinks.

In this chapter of Nourishment the audience is pulled into a non-linear world of aging as the cast shares experiences of what it feels like to be a child, to be a teenager, and to enter adulthood. The performance explores what dreams feel like and how reality unfolds. What does it mean to take responsibility, to fulfill expectations, and to feel disillusionment? How does this vast range of joys and struggles manifest itself within us? Is there ever a point when we stop growing up? Nourishment invites the audience to ponder these sorts of questions throughout the show while experiencing each performer’s inner world and perspective.

To further the all-sensory experience, attendees will enjoy a 6-course menu of small bites paired with wines/beer/spirits (included in ticket price). 

 Collaborating Artists/Cast for these performances will include:

Gwendolyn Gussman (Director, Concept, Performer)

Anna Driftmier (Set Design)
Mara Driscoll (Performer)  
Nico Gonzales (Performer)
Aja Jackson (Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, Performer)
Jett Kwong Kelly (Musical Director, Performer)
Xenia Mansour (Performer)

Kevin Quinn Marchman (Performer)  
Trevor New (Musician, Performer)



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"Uptown Rising Performance Series"--Emerging Choreographers Edition
7:30 PM19:30

"Uptown Rising Performance Series"--Emerging Choreographers Edition

Nourishment’s Trevor New and Gwendolyn Gussman will be showing a brand new work-in-progress on Feb. 10th, , 2018 as one of 6 choreographers selected to part of the Uptown Rising Showcase for Bridge to Dance in NYC. 


The Bridge for Dance Inc.,  is bringing back it’s emerging choreographers series- previously known as “The Attitude Free Performance Series”. 

We strive to provide choreographers a space to showcase their work in a unique and intimate, judgement-free setting. The performance will be held in our largest studio that will be converted to a black box theatre, complete with full lighting and sound. 

During the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to provide written feedback, and select their favorite piece. 

Following the showcase there will be an open feedback session, where choreographers will be able to engage with the audience about their work and process. 

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