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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Risk/Reward Artist Profile #3: Part and Parcel


Another artist fresh off a successful appearance at Northwest New Works is Part & Parcel (choreographer Allie Hankins, performing with Mary Margaret Moore). Her piece By Guess & By God was warmly received in Seattle, and now Risk/Reward audiences will have an opportunity to see this new work described by Seattlest as, “profoundly effective piece… emotionally deep without either irony or indulgence.”


Hankins takes nautical images as her jumping off point for this piece that, “investigates the way the body internalizes, becomes undone by, and transmits the heartache of loss, and the subsequent disorientation of longing for someone who is gone forever.”


Playing with movement that evokes a vessel tethered between the past and the present and buffeted by desire, this work is highly influenced by Hankin’s experience choreographing for Seattle performance-makers, Implied Violence. Working with the company, Hankins developed, “a clarified movement aesthetic and enriched understanding of dramaturgy.”


The exchange of influences between performing artists of different stripes through collaboration and mutual support is one of the things we love about making work in Portland and one of the intentions behind the Risk/Reward Festival itself. Help us welcome Allie and the rest of this year’s artists at our Meet the Artmakers event on Sunday, June 26 afternoon from 3 – 5pm in the Artists Rep lobby. Mingle with performers, designers, directors, producers and enjoy snacks and coffee. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your next collaborator!


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