August 5-7 || Allie Hankins || GHOSTING

By My Own Hand, Part 1: GHOSTING
Allie Hankins
August 5-7, 2022 8pm
Presented by Risk/Reward
at Performance Works NW
4625 SE 67th Ave. Portland, OR 97206

Following her successful performances at On the Boards’ Fragmented Flow Festival in June, Allie Hankins brings By My Own Hand, Part 1: GHOSTING to Performance Works NorthWest. With the word “ghost” as a thread to tie together ideas of self-effacement, the impossibility of memory, the slipperiness of language and associative thinking, GHOSTING centers deconstruction. It questions attempts we make at containment; at naming; at establishing lines and boundaries. Soundtracked by echoes and reverberations of past performances, rehearsals, and experiments, the show is an excavation and repurposing of the performance’s shadow or ghost. The always compelling Hankins populates the space with light, shadow, haunted objects, dancing, and songs as she toys with the perceived power of the systems we use to define ourselves such as astrology, psychotherapy, and dream interpretation. As the piece unfolds, GHOSTING coyly points to the futility of upholding a fixed persona in life, or in performance.

Allie Hankins is a dancer, performer, and maker who recently performed in a dream wherein she announced “Today I am Truit” before jumping into a pool. The next day in waking life she learned that ‘truit’ is a word used by the lucid dreaming community to mean ‘trout’. In waking life, Allie is a resident artist and steward of FLOCK Dance Center, a creative home to Portland’s experimental dance artists founded in 2014 by Tahni Holt, and in 2013 she co-founded Physical Education, a critical and casual queer cooperative comprised of herself, keyon gaskin, Taka Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. Physical Education hosts open reading groups and lectures, curates performances, and teaches workshops nationally. Most recently she has performed with Linda Austin (PDX), Milka Djordjevich (LA), and Morgan Thorson (Minneapolis). When she’s not working on performances, she is doing step aerobics and learning American Sign Language. Her website is alliehankins.com.

Photo by West Smith