Arts and Culture Texas – July 2017

“It’s this call to action that makes Bartholomew Swims different from any prior Forklift work. In past projects…the goal was to reveal the hidden figures that keep Austin operational, highlighting their hard work. Bartholomew Swims, on the other hand, is intended as a ‘catalyst for moving people forward in a direction on something that matters to them,’ said [Forklift Associate Artistic Director Krissie] Marty.” – Claire Christine Spera

Arts and Culture Texas

“Convention is not a part of Allison Orr’s vocabulary. The Forklift Danceworks artistic director has carved out a particular niche in the site-specific performance world of Texas—one that draws attention to the people and systems that keep our communities ticking, often without thanks or notice. This is Orr’s specialty: bringing the invisible to the forefront.” –Claire Christine Spera, Arts and Cuture Texas

Austin Woman Magazine

“… Austin choreographer Allison Orr has persuaded the unlikeliest of folks to collaborate with her. Now Orr’s back at it again with another concept-busting dance performance. This time, the founder and artistic director of Forklift Danceworks has enlisted the people that keep our lights on and our AC running—the employees of Austin Energy.” – Julie Tereshchuk, Austin Woman Magazine

KUT 90.5

“In the face of disheartening news, Orr offers a chance to dance.” – Audrey McGlinchy, KUT (June 2017)

Engaging Matters

“The [Trash Project] took the day-to-day work of an unappreciated and unrecognized city department and made it into an art form that won several awards. As the men and women in collections now pick up trash, recycling, brush and bulky items, and clean the streets we have a sense of pride. The public now comes up, saying they saw The Trash Project, and asks our employees for autographs.”  – Jermaine Defreeze, a Maintenance Worker Leader

“These “ordinary” people are important contributors to our society and important to our well-being. (Remember why Dr. King was in Memphis when he was assassinated?) For the arts to make a contribution to their sense of well-being and to the wider community’s appreciation of them is a powerful, important thing to do.”  – Doug Borwick, Engaging Matters, Arts Journal Blog

The Austin Chronicle on “Solo Symphony”

“Man, you think you know an artist. Then along comes a project in which this artist takes you somewhere you didn’t expect to go, reveals a side you hadn’t seen before.”  – Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle

Il Nuovo Venezia on “The Gondola Project”

“Delizioso.” – Il Nuovo Venezia

KLRU Collective

“Allison Orr, with Forklift Danceworks, produced a creative ballet on a grand scale that introduced the audience to the real beauty in the work of our Solid Waste Services employees.” – Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison, KRLU Collective


“With her transformative, visionary power to see beauty, grace and elegance in the most unlikely places, Orr has reimagined the way we think about dance.” – Lisa Siva, Tribeza

Texas Monthly

“…[The King & I] manages to capture both the tragic and humorous facets of the legend’s legacy.”- Texas Monthly