Frank Erwin Center
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...• 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..."
"...What's new: True Story, a new full-length work, Dec. 3-5, at Salvage Vanguard Theater Forklift Danceworks..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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 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..."
"..."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..."