Served is a dance for campus employees, created through a multi-visit residency at a host college or university. Featuring the skilled movement of a distinct group of employees, such as dishwashers, custodians, physical plant staff, or maintenance crews, the dance will highlight the virtuosic work life of staff as performed by the employees themselves. Broadening awareness of the contributions of employees to campus life, Served aims to create a greater sense of community by allowing students, staff, and faculty to address equity and build connection through a community-based dance-making process.
Served will premiere at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in February 2018. The work will be created in collaboration with Williams' food service employees, students, and faculty through a series of residencies throughout the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, and will feature lighting and set design by Stephen Pruitt and an original score by Graham Reynolds. Following the premiere, Forklift Danceworks will tour the Served process to create new works at partnering universities such as Wake Forest University and the University of Houston.
Served is the first community-based artistic process to recieve a touring grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project. Additional support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works program and Williams College's '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.
Stay tuned for project updates as Served is created and toured!
photo above features Dining Services Staff at Williams College