Photo of Lily Skove by Sharon Kilfeather, 2001
Photo of Sarah Morrison by Scott Radke, 2003
"A Tribute to Sissy Hankshaw" (2001)
Choreography by Sarah Morrison
Performed by Lily Skove at the Cleveland Public Theater (2001)
Performed by Sarah Morrison at the Joyce/SoHo, NYC & Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH (2003)
Original musical recording with selected music by James Bonney,
and text from Tom Robbin's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues read by Mark Ireland (AKA: "King of the Trailer Park Trash") & Timmie Boose.
"...a quirky solo in which dancer-choreographer Sarah Morrison donned long prosthetic thumbs to interpret the tale of Sissy Hankshaw, who turned a deformity into a triumph of human perserverence. Morrison's choreography was imaginitive, and her performance was captivating."
- Steve Sucato, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
TEXT FROM TOM ROBBIN'S, EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES:
SISSY: " You may claim that I have an unfair advantage, but no more than Nijinsky, whose reputation as history's most incomporable dancer is untainted by the fact that his feet were abnormal, having the bone structure of bird feet. Nature built Nijinsky to dance, me to direct traffic." - Sissy Hankshaw (Tom Robbins)
NARRATOR: "For one reason or another, you decide to look up 'thumb' in the dictionary. It says, 'the short, thick, most preaxial digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers by having two phallanges and...
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