Portraits of Essential Workers
Many of Forklift Danceworks’ collaborators, such as utility employees and sanitation workers, do the jobs that keep our communities running. As our lives continue to change due to this public health crisis, we are committed to celebrating all those who are going to work so that many of us can stay safe at home. On the Job shares the voices and experiences of Forklift’s collaborators who are working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the Job grows out of Forklift Danceworks’ approach to making dances that celebrate everyday movement and labor. We create dances with people who do not consider themselves dancers. For nearly 20 years, our community-based arts organization has collaborated with skilled workers of all backgrounds. Our choreographers embed within workgroups to learn about their jobs and initiate a creative process of artmaking. The resulting performances feature the expert movement and tell the often unheard stories of the people whose work sustains our daily lives.
Photo by Amitava Sarkar