March 26-28 || Austin + Hankins: /ə ˈsiŋgəl piŋk klɑʊd/

Linda Austin & Allie Hankins
/ə ˈsɪŋgəl pɪŋk klɑʊd/
Friday-Sunday, March 26-28 at 7:30 pm
Tickets—pay what you will: HERE

Austin and Hankins live pleasurably in the gap of their own comings and goings, a space lush with twinings and branchings, nurtured by the energetic life of their bodies and the imaginative and material phenomena they investigate. Landscapes populated by seemingly incongruous concepts, structures, and desires arise and dissolve. Inspired by surrealist artists Gertrude Abercrombie and Leonora Carrington, and the “uncanny fictive spaces” in the writing of Jen George and others, Austin and Hankins juxtapose movement, object, words, and song to celebrate (or is it bemoan?) the unstable and precarious grounds of our current existence.

With this virtual project, the artists utilize the tools at their disposal to create an adjunct to a performance project to be premiered (finally) in real life later this year—we hope!

supported in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council

A crudely-formed body of a hyena in white plaster. Instead of a head there is a shelf upon which there is a pile of onion skins. More onion skins near the creature's feet. The tail is a string mop head.

Linda Austin deploys movement, sound, text, visuals, and props to create non-linear, poetic works laced with an eccentric wit, teetering on the edge between the immediately apprehensible and resolutely mysterious. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Performance Works NW in Portland, Oregon. As an active participant in the downtown New York dance and performance community of the 80s and 90s, Austin presented work at Performance Space 122, the Danspace Project, and Movement Research at Judson Church, as well as in NDA’s Performance Mix. From 1992 to 1994 she lived and made work in Mexico, and has been based in Portland since 1998. Awards include the 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Merce Cunningham Award,  2019 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship and the 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship from Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Allie Hankins is a Portland-based performer who makes works that toy with the destabilization of persona through uncanny physicality, wry wit, and skillfully layered imagery, all while trying to suppress her contentious eagerness to please. She is an inaugural member of FLOCK: a dance center and creative home to Portland’s experimental dance artists. In 2013 she founded Physical Education with keyon gaskin, Taka Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. Physical Education hosts open reading groups and lectures, curates performances, and teaches workshops nationally. Most recently, Allie has Morgan Thorson (Minneapolis), Linda Austin (Portland), and Ruairi Donovan (Ireland). She has been an Artist in Residence at Ucross Foundation, Caldera, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and the Wassaic Project.