Celebrating 20 Years

In 2021, Forklift Danceworks celebrated twenty years of creative collaboration!

Since In Case of Fire, a performance with firefighters from the Austin Fire Department in 2001, Forklift has made dances with sanitation workers, energy linemen, campus dining staff, baseball players, and many more people who serve our communities.

Our anniversary season celebrated the people we’ve dance with and the places that have inspired us.

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.

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.

Platinum Party: A 20th Anniversary Celebration

In celebration of the past two decades, guests donned their sparkliest attire and mingled with Forklift collaborators over local bites, signature beverages, and idiosyncratic exploits at stations inspired by past projects. Thank you to our event committee, sponsors, collaborators, guests, and volunteers for making this night so special. Because of our generous community, Forklift’s future is looking bright!