Austin Generations

This summer, Forklift Danceworks created Givens Swims, the final performance of My Park, My Pool, My City.  Givens Swims featured the everyday movement of the people who maintain and swim at Givens Pool. From neighborhood teens to community elders, the story of the pool was told by people who have long lived, worked, and played…

Splashin’ their way into my heart: My summer at Givens Pool

This summer, Forklift Danceworks created Givens Swims, the final performance of My Park, My Pool, My City.  Givens Swims featured the everyday movement of the people who maintain and swim at Givens Pool. From neighborhood teens to community elders, the story of the pool was told by people who have long lived, worked, and played…

Communicating Through Art

This summer, Forklift Danceworks created Givens Swims, the final performance of My Park, My Pool, My City.  Givens Swims featured the everyday movement of the people who maintain and swim at Givens Pool. From neighborhood teens to community elders, the story of the pool was told by people who have long lived, worked, and played…

Forklift at Wesleyan: Building Employee – Student Partnerships

This Fall, Forklift artists supported six students at Wesleyan University to embed with Physical Plant employees and build relationships with the people who keep their campus running. In November, students and their employee partners shared creative presentations with their Environmental Studies class. Participating students and employees mixed an audio track with recorded sounds of the…

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….