Allie Hankins

Misshapen Pearl

"...Everything is fine-tuned wrongness. If that weren’t hyperbolic enough, their faces are painted with the maquillage of cabaret clowns. Cheeks are powdered and sallow, eyebrows too-thickly drawn on. They thump and spin around the stage like overzealous, geriatric seductresses, their mouths garishly grinning, bearing teeth. Hankins’ choreography is mechanical and jerky, like a nightmare version of Kleist’s puppets. They lack any grace. They perform to a crackling, Victrola-cranked cabaret tune, which adds to the whiff of mothballs and madness..." Potatoes, pearls & puppets on parade, City Arts, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. By Amanda Manitach