Bailando Con Mi Gente

Finding Meaning in Dance with Mi Gente and Forklift Danceworks From Fabiola Ochoa Torralba, Summer 2018 Forklift Fellow I first learned about Forklift Danceworks when I met Allison Orr during a leadership/mentorship program with Dance/USA in 2015. As one of my first jobs out of graduate school in Michigan in 2018, I looked forward to…

The Magic of Openness: Sarafina’s Second Summer at the Pool

From Sarafina Fabris-Green, Student at Wesleyan University, Summer 2018 Development Intern and Stage Manager Photos by Thomas Meredith, Amitava Sarkar, and Jonica Moore From my first day of kindergarten until now, I have experienced many first days. With these first days, whether they involve meeting cabin mates at camp, arriving to the first day of…

Notes from the Pool: Celebrating Performance & Youth Leadership in the ‘44

From Kate Proietti, MFA Student in Drama and Theater for Youth and Communities at UT Austin, Forklift Summer Artistic Intern and Stage Manager Photos by Jonica Moore “Have you done this before?” a Forklift Danceworks Community Arts Youth Leader  from the Dove Springs neighborhood asks me as we approach the next house on our route….

On Pools and Performance-Making: My Summer with Forklift Danceworks

From Gretchen LaMotte, senior at Wesleyan University and Forklift Fellow supported by Wesleyan’s College of the Environment: “We’re in the mystery now.” That’s what Allison Orr said to me as she dropped me home after my third day of work as a summer intern with Forklift Danceworks. In that moment I recognized what had brought…

Austin Reunited: My Summer at the Pool with Forklift Danceworks

from Sarafina Fabris-Green, student at Wesleyan University and Production Intern for Bartholomew Swims: When I think of pools, I dream of handstands in the water, hot sidewalks, and hours of Marco Polo interrupted by sandwiches and snacks on the grass. At least three days a week, every summer since I could float, you could find me…

The Civic Role of Arts Organizations: A Case Study on Forklift!

Forklift is very excited to have been included in a project by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CGF) investigating the civic role of arts organizations. Here’s an excerpt from the case study on Forklift: [Artistic Director Allison Orr explains] “‘We now think of ourselves as playing in the world of civic engagement, because of what our…

My Summer at the Pool with Forklift Danceworks

From Nikki Perez, Williams College student and Production Intern for Bartholomew Swims: My summer with Forklift was perhaps best captured when Artistic Director Allison Orr said to me, “you jumped on a train that was already racing at 150 miles per hour.” The only thing I’d add to her statement is that I almost missed that train….

Val and her story of The Trash Project

  A write up of my recent interview with Valerie Francois, one of my key “handlers” for The Trash Project.   During my pitch to the Executive team at Solid Waste Services, I met Valerie Francois, or Val. Val worked with HR, and lucky for me she became my lead liaison with the field employees….

Virginia

“You begged me every every day!” explained Virginia Alexander, supervisor and performer in The Trash Project, about why she decided to be in the show. So glad my begging worked!  When I met Virginia Alexander in 2008 she was the only female supervisor with Solid Waste Services. Virginia was famous at the job. She had long…

A choreographer walks into the sanitation department….

My first stab at writing about The Trash Project….part of my current book writing process to describe how we do what we do at Forklift. This begins to answer the question of just how in the hell I got the dept of then named Solid Waste Services to say YES! Thank you JILL! ———- Jill Mayfield…

Served Williams College: My Last Winter Study

Note: This post is the fourth and final in a series of reflections from three Williams College students who worked with Forklift on “Served” for their Winter Study course in January 2017. Read the previous posts here, here, and here. For much of the fall semester – before these talks with Karen, Gail, Ada, and other meaningful…

Served Williams College: Coffee is Love

Note: This post is the third in a series of reflections from three Williams College students who worked with Forklift on “Served” for their Winter Study course in January 2017. Read the previous posts here and here. On January 18th, I went to Eco Café and had the chance to share a meal with Karen and chat…