Celebrating 20 Years

This year, Forklift Danceworks celebrates twenty years of creative collaboration!

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

We want to celebrate with you! Throughout our twentieth year, we’ll be reflecting on the people we’ve danced with and places that have inspired us.

Check back here and follow along on Facebook and Instagram as we add events and ways to connect with us this year.

Our successes have always been possible due to financial support from people like you!

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!

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!