2020 Solo Artist: Allie Hankins

Allie Hankins is a Portland-based dancer and performance maker. She is an inaugural member of FLOCK, a dance center and creative home to Portland’s experimental dance artists spearheaded by Tahni Holt, and in 2013 she co-founded Physical Education, a critical and casual 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, Allie has performed with Milka Djordjevich (LA), Morgan Thorson (Minneapolis), Julien Prévieux (Paris), and Ruairi Donovan (Ireland). Her recent pursuits include teaching step aerobics, her all-levels, queer-centric movement class TRANSCENDENTAEROBICOURAGE, and learning American Sign Language. She has been an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, the Wassaic Project, and she will be in residence at the Ucross Foundation in April 2020.

By My Own Hand / Part One: GHOSTING

Created and performed by Allie Hankins

By My Own Hand is comprised of a five-part performance series, a zine of poems and illustrations, and an album of “field recordings”. Toying with the perceived power of the systems we use to define ourselves, such as astrology, psychotherapy, and dream interpretation, the piece establishes itself as a multi-tentacled examination and a coy exemplification of the futility in attempting to uphold a fixed persona in life, and the dark necessity of "killing" our past selves in our pursuit of reinvention or "betterment". The

 live performances leverage the performer/audience relationship as an allegory for questioning attempts we make at containment; at naming; at establishing lines and boundaries, and the subsequent breakdown of the systems of meaning we create and the categories to which we belong.