Allie Hankins’ (Portland) performance dissects the inner monologue of a performer through questioning the boundary lines of intimacy and vulnerability with the audience-performer relationship. By My Own Hand, Part 1: GHOSTING, is the first in a five-part series of performances that leverage the performer/audience relationship to questioning attempts we make at containment; at naming; at establishing lines and boundaries. Toying with the perceived power of systems we use to define ourselves, such as astrology, psychotherapy, and dream interpretation, the work coyly points to the futility of attempting to uphold 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.
Part 2: TRANSPARENCY will premiere in spring 2023, and is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Tickets ($29 per show, $67 full festival) here.