When We is a culmination of a two year collaborative process between Allie Hankins & Rachael Dichter. In talking about their work, they both mentioned the space between the work, the transitions into and out of it, and the intensity of their ever-growing long distance relationship. This work comes from “the specific intimacy of so much time spent in constant company.” It has transmuted “the forced depth that comes from proximity, the forced intimacy” and allowed for exploration and a response to bigger questions, risks. Mimicking their initial exploration of “twinning energies” within their collaboration, they both evoked the density of their work; the thick layering-equal parts Allie and Rachael, but also something collective.
Photo: Ashley Sophia Clark
collaborative dance performance
November 9-12, 2017
Thursday-Sunday at 8pm
Tickets $12-15 in advance http://whenwe.bpt.me
$15 at the door
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Set in an austere world characterized by coded language, penetrating focus, and biting humor, Allie & Rachael skillfully utilize the expansive and charged moments between events to slowly reveal a world where tension is currency, mischief is sustenance, and surreality is a given. Seeking to undermine their (and our) status as subject or object, the women implore the audience to watch their world unfold slowly. They concretize images (shapes, desires, projections). Are you listening? Are they reading? Can you hear them? Do you like them? Do you like us? How far offshore are we now?
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer, performer, choreographer and curator. She studied dance and art history at Mills College and was a 2015 Danceweb Scholar. Her work has shown at Dock 11 Berlin, Ponderosa Tanzland Berlin, Paf St Erme, Joe Goode Annex San Francisco, On the Boards Seattle, and she has been lucky to collaborate with a number of fierce and talented folks including Laura Arrington, Mica Sigourney, Ruairi Donovan, Allie Hankins, Sara Kraft, Abby Crain, Jesse Hewit, Marten Spangberg, Keith Hennessy and Jess Curtis, and for four years she co-curated the San Francisco based live arts festival THIS IS WHAT I WANT. Photo: Elana Zhukova.
Allie Hankins is a Portland-based performer who makes works that toy with the destabilization of persona through uncanny physicality, wry wit, labyrinthine logic, and skillfully layered imagery, all while trying to suppress her contentious eagerness to please. She is an inaugural member of FLOCK: a dance center & creative home to Portland’s experimental dance artists spearheaded by Tahni Holt, and In 2013 she co-founded Physical Education: a critical & casual, reading & researching, drinking & dialoguing, dance & performance body comprised of herself, keyon gaskin, Taka Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. Physical Education hosts open reading groups & lectures, curates performances, and teaches workshops nationally. Most recently, Allie has performed with Julien Prévieux (Paris), Morgan Thorson (Minneapolis), Tahni Holt (Portland), and Ruairi Donovan (Ireland). She has been an Artist in Residence at Caldera, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and will be an Artist in Residence at the Wassaic Project in February 2018. Outside of Portland her work has been presented in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Berlin, Austria, Cork, and Tel Aviv.