Keynotes and Presentations

Forklift’s recent conference presentations, keynotes, and trainings:

Residency at Wesleyan University—September 2017

Allison Orr visited Wesleyan University to teach, lead a workshop, and screen Trash Dance from Sept. 13-17th. Along with Forklift artist and Wesleyan alumna Clara Pinsky, Allison lead a workshop entitled “How to Pull Off the Impossible—a workshop for arists, activists and artist-activists” in Forklift’s process of community-based art making.

Artists in residence at the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

From March 29-April 2, 2017, Forklift artists Krissie Marty and Allison traveled to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for the International Community Arts Festival. Together Krissie and Allison worked with the local trash collectors on a short performance, screened Trash Dance, and lead a workshop on “Community Dance US Style.”


The Creative Team: Finding the Flow Together

APAP | NYC Annual Global Performing Arts Conference 

Watch the video of this panel here!

New York Hilton Midtown
Sunday, January 8th from 11a-12:30p

Artistic Director Allison Orr spoke alongside artists Jonah Bokaer, Eddie Cota, Hadi Eldebek, Jawole Will Jo Zollar in a plenary session moderated by Will Power.

The development, production, presentation and promotion of work is a collaborative effort – more so now than ever – in the presenting field today. What are key factors that are shifting the making, producing and presenting of work to more effectively connect with contemporary audiences while meeting the financial and other objectives of all who have invested in the process?

Art Across the City: Community-Based Collaborations in Austin

National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Austin, TX
Austin Hilton Hotel
Mon, Novemeber 14th from 8:30-9:30am
Artistic Director Allison Orr with Associate Choreographer Krissie Marty hosted a panel conversation with Forklift performers Don Anderson and Allen Small along with Lynn Osgood of GoCollaborative and artist Michael Garcia of Drawing Lines.
Austin arts leaders talked with city employees and local artists who have worked on some of Austin’s most recognized creative placemaking projects. This discussion addressed how these cross-sector partnerships built morale, changed citizen’s perceptions, and created new audiences. It involved short clips, the nuts and bolts of how these projects happened, and conversations between organizers, artists, and city staff on how to support successful collaborations and create effective engagement strategies in your community.
Idea Forum: Art-Making In and With Community

Watch the video of this panel here!

Annual meeting of the National Performance Network in Austin, TX
Austin Sheraton at the Capitol Hotel 
Fri., December 2nd from 2-4 pm
Forklift Danceworks choreographers lead a discussion on community-based social practice with a panel of city employees who have performed in the company’s large-scale civic spectacles. Topics included collaboration, the creative process and the impact these projects have had on them personally and on their work environments. Artists and city workers offered insights and advice on about art making that addresses issues of race, class, culture and “artistic privilege” (who gets to make art and where). Panelists included a former sanitation worker, a City of Austin forestry tech and utility employee. Facilitated by Forklift choreographers Allison Orr and Krissie Marty.