Forklift Danceworks to host free live screening of ‘Trash Dance’


Forklift Danceworks will host a free, outdoor, family friendly screening of the documentary “Trash Dance” on July 10 at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms.

The 2012 documentary, by Austin filmmaker Andrew Garrison, chronicles the two-year process of making of Forklift’s groundbreaking 2009 performance with the workers and machinery of Austin Resource Recovery, a department of the city of Austin. Titled the “Trash Project,” the dance was based on the movement performed by trash collectors in their daily work. Some 24 sanitation workers and 16 large vehicles were featured.

The free screening will also have a conversation with Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) sanitation operators and celebrates Austin’s essential sanitation workers and the lasting legacy of community art-making.

“As Forklift celebrates its twentieth anniversary of making dances with workers and communities, we’re honored to rejoin our partners at ARR with this film screening and community conversation,” said Allison Orr, Forklift founder and artistic director.

“When I think back to ‘Trash Project,’ I’m still in awe of the incredible performance our city sanitation workers made, as well as the love and support for these employees Austin audiences shared. And now as Austin recovers from COVID, it’s never been more important to highlight the workers who keep our city moving.

Reservations are required for the free event and can be made at

Doors open at 7 p.m., talk begins at 8 p.m. and the screening begins at sundown. Seating is outside and picnic style. Blankets and/or lawn chairs are welcome.

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