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Forklift Danceworks: You'll Know It When You See It
Five choreographers join the company in making work that undefines dance
Arts Story  February 12, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Have you ever discovered rhythm or pattern during a mundane task and had the fleeting feeling that you were dancing? For Forklift Danceworks' next project, Artistic Director Allison Orr invited five choreographers to join her in molding everyday movement into dance – in exploring dance by way of nondance...."

Forklift Danceworks' My Parks, My Pools, My City
With Bartholomew Swims, Allison Orr's dance company plunges into Austin's pool problem
Arts Story  July 27, 2017, by Jonelle Seitz
"...At one point in Bartholomew Swims, lifeguards invite neighborhood residents and audience members to mark off the L-shaped perimeter of the old Bartholomew Municipal Pool – the one that offered reliable summer afternoon relief and was home to countless family picnics and birthday parties every summer from 1961 (when adult admission was 30 cents) until 2008. When the Forklift Danceworks team interviewed Tap – that's Jonathan Tapscott, a longtime Bartholomew swimmer and a pool mechanic who first worked for the Parks & Recreation Department's Aquatic Division in 1982 – he told them that the old pool was also a gathering place for notoriously raucous last-day-of-school crowds from all over North, Central, and East Austin..."

Forklift Danceworks
Ballet for Bay
Arts Story  December 23, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...On the Forklift Danceworks blog, company Artistic Director Orr states that she conceived the piece two years ago after watching Bay for many years. "He has always struck me first and foremost as a dancer," she writes..."

Forklift: Power Up!
'Trash Project' follow-up dances with Austin Energy workers
DAILY Arts  March 21, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Yesterday, Orr's company, Forklift Danceworks, launched a Kickstarter campaign for its next production, one that has Orr collaborating once more with a city department, municipal workers, and big, honkin' machines. Scheduled for September 21 & 22, this currently untitled dance will be performed outdoors, and its scale is no less imposing or impressive than that of The Trash Project: a fleet of bucket trucks with cranes that can reach more than 100 feet in the air, maneuvering around 20 utility poles that will be climbed by more than 50 linemen, whose high wire repair work will serve as the basis for Orr's choreography and whose personal stories will be woven into the work...."

Forklift Danceworks' showcase of Austin Energy employees doing what they do was dazzling and inspiring
Arts Review  September 27, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...So it went with PowerUP, Forklift Danceworks' collaboration with Austin Energy, in which more than 50 employees of the city utility performed staged versions of their daily duties on a field near the Travis County Expo Center. Linemen walked up poles and rode buckets to their tops and ran cables underground, often with physical skill and derring-do more common to the circus..."

Allison Orr Named 2018 USA Fellow
Honor for Forklift Danceworks founder comes with $50K grant
DAILY Arts  January 16, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Sometimes the good folks do get the recognition they deserve. Case in point: Allison Orr, founder and artistic director of Forklift Danceworks, whose choreographic career has had as much to do with building community as building dances, has just been named one of the 2018 USA Fellows, an honor that comes with an unrestricted award of $50,000...."

Culture Flash!
Forklift Kickstarts Trash 2, and Austin artists get to hit the boards
Arts Column  April 1, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...• Congratulations to Forklift Danceworks on the successful completion of its Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for the August encore run of The Trash Project. Four weeks after Artistic Director Allison Orr launched the drive at a press conference announcing the project's return and almost two weeks before the April 1 deadline, pledges from 160 backers pushed it over the $10,000 goal..."

Movers & Shakers
A guide to Austin dance
Arts Story  December 3, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz and Robert Faires
"...What's new: True Story, a new full-length work, Dec. 3-5, at Salvage Vanguard Theater Forklift Danceworks..."

The Threat to NEA Funding and Austin
How would the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts hit Austin? Hard.
Arts Story  April 27, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...Ann Starr, managing director of Forklift Danceworks, says that without the NEA, the local dance company simply couldn't exist in its current form. "We're estimating that about 40 to 50 percent of our funding comes either directly from the NEA or from other sources that are funded by the NEA," says Starr..."

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Events of 2005 That Engaged and Endure
'Chronicle' Arts Editor Robert Faires lists his favorite performances of dance and classical music from 2005
Arts Story  January 6, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...2) Night of Four Moons (Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks) A dream, brief but oh so sublime, with a pajama-clad dancer visited by four fanciful figures all in white, seemingly on holiday from commedia. Their playful movement in and out of Amarante Lucero's sumptuous, almost sentient lighting made for a visually exquisite and enchanting dance – and a triumph for choreographer José Luis Bustamante...."

Top 9 Lasting Impressions in Dance From 2009
Recalling a year in which cranes became dancers and dancers became stars
Arts Story  January 1, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
"...2) CRANE SOLO, 'THE TRASH PROJECT' (FORKLIFT DANCEWORKS) Don Anderson, crane operator, transformed the machine into a sensitive creature that balletically soared and stretched – with awesome musicality. See also No..."

Public Notice
So much to do, so much Austin
News Column  March 26, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...No rest for the weary, because the ever-expanding Fusebox Festival is up the next week. There's way too much going on to get into here, but I will draw your attention to a couple of events that have civic connections and require a little pre-planning: The Trees of Govalle is a presentation by Forklift Danceworks, in conjunction with Fusebox and the city's Urban Forestry Division, "a one-of-a-kind performance featuring the Urban Forestry crews and the trees of Govalle Park," with performances on the last two nights of Fusebox, Sat.-Sun., April 11-12, at 8pm at Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm..."

Orchestrating Partnerships
Maestro Peter Bay likes to play with others – especially when they're outside the orchestra
Arts Story  May 4, 2012, by Adam Roberts
"...The second collaboration is with choreographer Allison Orr, artistic director of Forklift Danceworks, who is translating the maestro's conducting movements into a work unto itself. When Orr made initial contact with Bay, "she basically gave me an overview of what Forklift is all about," he says..."

'Trash,' Take Two
Allison Orr takes out the Trash a second – and final – time
Arts Story  August 26, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
"...The day before the 2009 premiere of The Trash Project, the much-lauded choreographic collaboration between Forklift Danceworks and the city of Austin's Solid Waste Services Department, things got a bit hairy for Forklift artistic director and choreographer Allison Orr: "We changed the whole end." What had worked in planning turned out to be impossible at crunch time, and a new ending for the 24 SWS employees in the cast and 16 department trucks in the show had to be invented. But Don Anderson, a SWS employee whose role in the show was to operate a crane – the kind usually used to hoist old couches and piles of brush into tractor-trailer bins – in stunningly balletic maneuvers, was calm..."

Five Recommended Arts Events This Weekend
Because it’s hot, you’re cool, and these are fun
DAILY Arts  July 6, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...2) Allison Orr and her Forklift Danceworks: One of this city’s premiere creative treasures. You remember Trash Dance, of course, and that whole choreographed baseball thing they did in Japan, and the firefighters’ gig, and so on, all to much awe and acclaim? And the current series they’ve been working on, featuring a variety of community swimming pools as the settings? Right – and this weekend's your chance to buy tickets for next weekend's aquakinetic wonderment, as Forklift’s Dove Springs Swims prepares to newly enchant the people of Austin...."

'Play Ball'
Allison Orr finds dance at the diamond, choreographing baseball moves in a tribute to Downs Field
Arts Story  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Well, friends, this weekend the pitch, the swing, the steal, the slide, the catch, the tag, the call at the plate, won't just resemble dance, they'll be dance, thanks to Austin's great champion of everyday motion, Allison Orr. The Forklift Danceworks artistic director and choreographic force behind PowerUP and The Trash Project has found her latest inspiration at the diamond, taking those routine movements and rituals at the ball field, from tossing the horsehide in warmups to high-fives after a homer, and remixing them into a performance that highlights the poetry of their motion..."

All Over Creation: Surprise, Surprise
Peter Bay's work in 'Solo Symphony' revealed sides of him that hadn't been seen before
Arts Column  July 27, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...That's what Peter Bay gave me two weeks ago – well, not literally, as he isn't the kind of guy to go around thwacking people, even critics. But clearly he isn't above surprising them in the artistic realm, as he proved in Forklift Danceworks' Solo Symphony, a work inspired by his movements as an orchestral conductor...."

Culture Flash!
Miró finds a violinist, ACGS finds a guitarist, and it's time to take out the Trash
Arts Column  July 29, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...27 & 28. And producing company Forklift Danceworks has made that easy for you with a reservation system it opened on its website this week..."

'The Trash Project II'
Forklift Danceworks reprises its extraordinary ballet for sanitation workers and trucks
Arts Story  February 25, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...The unusual dance production, created with the cooperation of the city of Austin Solid Waste Services Department and featuring 24 department employees and 16 large sanitation vehicles, made such a profound impression on the people who saw it – transforming the way they view the men and women who pick up their trash and recycling – that they were eager to see it again and for more Austinites to see it, too. Well, it took her some time to hammer out all the details, but the Forklift Danceworks artistic director finally has an answer for the project's fans: Aug..."

Body Shift
Bringing differently abled and able-bodied dancers into the studio together
Arts Story  October 22, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
"..."I don't know what the right word is: 'mixed-ability,' 'integrated,' or 'inclusive,'" admits Allison Orr, artistic director of Forklift Danceworks. For promoting Body Shift, a weekendlong dance workshop co-presented by Forklift and VSA Texas (a state organization for arts and disability), Orr seems to have settled on "mixed-ability," but the fact is that each of those terms is relevant..."

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