Rachael Dichter and Allie Hankins 9/28 & 9/29
Set in an austere world characterized by coded language, penetrating focus, and biting humor, Allie & Rachael skillfully utilize the expansive and charged moments between events to slowly reveal a world where tension is currency, silence is sustenance, and surreality is a given. Seeking to undermine their (and our) status as subject or object, the women implore the audience to watch their world unfold slowly. They concretize images (shapes, desires, projections). Are you listening? Are they reading? Can you hear them? Do you see them? How far offshore are we now?
Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer, performer, choreographer and curator. She studied dance and art history at Mills College and was a 2015 Danceweb Scholar, and 2017 Artist in Residence at Caldera and a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Residency. Her work has shown at Dock 11 Berlin, Ponderosa Tanzland Berlin, Paf St Erme, Joe Goode Annex San Francisco, On the Boards Seattle, and she has been lucky to collaborate with a number of fierce and talented folks including Laura Arrington, Mica Sigourney, Ruairi Donovan, Allie Hankins, Sara Kraft, Abby Crain, Jesse Hewit, Marten Spangberg, Keith Hennessy and Jess Curtis, and for four years she co-curated the San Francisco based live arts festival THIS IS WHAT I WANT.
Allie Hankins is a Portland-based performer who makes works that toy with the destabilization of persona through uncanny physicality, wry wit, labyrinthine logic, and skillfully layered imagery, all while trying to suppress her contentious eagerness to please. She is an inaugural member of FLOCK: a dance center & creative home to Portland’s experimental dance artists spearheaded by Tahni Holt, and In 2013 she co-founded Physical Education: a critical & casual, reading & researching, drinking & dialoguing, dance & performance body comprised of herself, keyon gaskin, Taka Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. Physical Education hosts open reading groups & lectures, curates performances, and teaches workshops nationally. Most recently, Allie has performed with Julien Prévieux (Paris), Morgan Thorson (Minneapolis), Tahni Holt (Portland), and Ruairi Donovan (Ireland). She has been an Artist in Residence at Caldera, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and will be an Artist in Residence at the Wassaic Project in February 2018. Outside of Portland her work has been presented in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Berlin, Austria, Cork, and Tel Aviv.