Activating Communities through creative collaboration since 2001

20th Anniversary Celebration

Save the date for Forklift’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Thursday, October 28th
7 pm – 11 pm at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Enjoy local bites and beverages while interacting with performers, machinery, film, and music drawn from two decades of Forklift performances.

And in true Forklift style, the event will culminate in a platinum dance party under the stars.

Texas Playboys Double Header Supporting Forklift

Join us for a Texas Playboys doubleheader supporting Forklift! Come on down to the Long Time on Saturday, June 12 when the Playboys face off against the Nashville Dollies and the Tulsa Rumblers. Hang out with the Forklift crew, root for the Playboys, and chip in a suggested donation of $10 to help fund our work.

Games begin around 12 pm and 4 pm; Forklift fans are encouraged to catch the second game for a special moment of movement on the field.

Courtesy Andrew Garrison

Trash Dance Screening and Talk

Join Forklift and Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) for a family friendly, outdoor screening of the documentary “Trash Dance” about our collaborative performance with ARR at Pioneer Farms on Saturday, July 10 at 7pm—celebrating our local sanitation workers and the lasting power of community art-making. Audience members will also hear from ARR sanitation operators about their essential work and learn how ARR works to protect and positively impact our environment

?? This event is free; tickets are required and will be released online in June  
?  Seating is outside and picnic style, so bring a blanket and/or a lawn chair
?  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening will begin at sundown 
?  Wear your face covering and be ready to practice social distancing 
?  More details about speakers to come

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Trucks Don’t Dance: Music for Forklift Danceworks

Celebrating a decade-long collaboration, Trucks Don’t Dance is a collection of music composed by Graham Reynolds for Forklift Danceworks performances. The album features tracks that originally accompanied the work of city sanitation workers, electrical utility workers, university campus employees, and parks and recreation staff who performed in Forklift dances over the past twenty years. Trucks Don’t Dance is available as a limited-run vinyl record and digitally.

On the Job: 20 Portraits from 20 Years

On the Job: 20 Portraits from 20 Years highlights the work of twenty people who have collaborated and performed with Forklift Danceworks. Created through interviews between Forklift choreographers and our collaborators, the series shares the voices and experiences of people whose work sustains our communities. New portraits will be released each month, so follow us on Facebook and Instagram to meet more Forklift performers throughout the year!

Celebrating Twenty Years of Creative Collaboration

Over the past twenty years, Forklift Danceworks has collaborated with firefighters, sanitation workers, and baseball players to name a few. We’ve danced everywhere from pools to college campuses to airplane hangers and the Texas State Capitol. With each dance we’ve seen that art can connect and activate our communities for the better. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this year as we reflect on the people we’ve danced with for the last twenty years.