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…

The men who clean St. Mark’s Square

One of the three men who sweep the Piazza at about 6:30am when the Piazza is perhaps at it’s most serene.  While in Venice last week I decided to get up early one morning and go watch the people who clean St. Mark’s Square. For many, Piazza San Marco is the most beautiful city square in the…

Venezia…13 years later!

I had the remarkable opportunity to fly to Venice after my week in Rotterdam with Krissie at ICAF. I wanted to see the city that had been my 2nd home many years ago. In 2003 and again in 2004, I directed The Gondola Project- a performance of 8 gondolas on a Venetian canal. It was…

Forklift in Rotterdam: See for yourself!

Photo and video journal of Forklift’s 6-day residency with Roteb (the Municipal Sanitation Department of Rotterdam) at the 2017 International Community Arts Festival

Forklift in Rotterdam: Not Their First (Trash Truck) Rodeo

After 10 hours of traveling, 11+ if you count some time on the tarmac in Houston, Allison and I arrived in at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and hopped on the train south to Rotterdam for our residency at the International Community Arts Festival.  The airport and train station architecture has vaulted ceilings, lots of glass, steel,…

Served at Williams College: Almost No One Sees His Face

Note: This post is the second 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 first post here. On January 10, starting at about 7:30am, I shadowed Bill in the dish room. One of the first things that…