“She defied what seemed humanly possible” – Seattle Dances
A correspondence between choregrapher Allie Hankins and Ballet Russes danseur noble Vaslav Nijinsky.
Appropriating Nijinsky’s obsessive repetition, approach-avoidance, and sexual deviancy, Hankins constructs an amalgamation of herself and the notoriously troubled dancer. As imitation dissolves into disorientation and false memories, Hankins endures with a persistance unique to bodies in spiritual crises—confronting isolation and desperation in the pursuit of corporeal transcendence.
Against a backdrop of lurid color and gold-bathed muscle, Hankins negotiates the impermanence of identity, and the volatility of solitary retrospection. Embodying movement’s capacity to engender lust, repugnance, confusion, and ultimately elation, Like a Sun inhabits the space between confinement and liberation, reality and fantasy, myth and man.
Allie Hankins is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and researcher. A resident of the Pacific Northwest since 2008, Hankins has presented her works in Seattle, Portland, New York, Minneapolis, Berlin, and Vienna. As a collaborator, Hankins performs as part of Seattle-based dance/sound performance company Salt Horse, with Portland-based choreographer Tahni Holt, and is a member of Portland’s dance center FLOCK.