Austin-based dance company presents a dance for a city pool and its people on July 12th -15th at Dove Springs Pool
Forklift Danceworks, a nationally-recognized Austin-based dance company, is proud to announce their next performance, Dove Springs Swims. This free performance will be created with City of Austin lifeguards and aquatics maintenance staff along with Dove Springs neighborhood residents. The performance is co-directed by Artistic Director Allison Orr and Associate Choreographer Krissie Marty with an original musical score by Graham Reynolds and production design by Stephen Pruitt.
Dove Springs Swims will be presented at 8:30 on July 12, 13, 14, and 15 at Dove Springs Pool, located at 5701 Ainez Dr., Austin, TX 78744, with pre-show entertainment by Cecilia + the Broken Hearts and Tiarra Girls on the 14th and 15th at 7:30. To volunteer, learn more, or get tickets, visit forkliftdanceworks.org. Limited tickets will also be available at the door. To learn more about My Park, My Pool, My City, visit our project website at myparkmypoolmycity.org.
Dove Springs Swims is part of My Park, My Pool, My City, Forklift Danceworks’ three-year artistic collaboration with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatics Division. Artistic Director, Allison Orr, says “by helping to tell the stories of this pool, we will highlight the value of our city pools while inspiring Austinites from across the city to work together to tackle the complex issues of our aquatics system.” This ambitious, multi-year collaboration is the first of its kind to raise awareness about the city’s pools and their dedicated workers. “The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is excited to continue working with Forklift Danceworks on such an important and captivating project,” states Kimberly McNeeley, Acting Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “The manner in which Artistic Director Allison Orr and her team create an unbelievable appreciation for nature and culture is amazing. Incorporating facilities, dance, motion and history while at the same time engaging the community and staff through collaboration, is truly a gift Allison freely shares with anyone who wants to view the performance. You can’t help but be touched by it.”
This project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, Dance USA/Engaging Dance Audiences, the MAP Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Additional funders include: St. David’s Foundation, Austin Parks Foundation, AT&T, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Alamo Drafthouse, Butler Nonprofit Consulting, Conversation Piece Marketing & PR, Hotel San José, IBC Bank, Texas Gas Service, Topo Chico, Violet Crown Cinemas, and Zócalo Design.
ABOUT FORKLIFT DANCEWORKS:
One of Austin's most beloved arts organizations, Forklift Danceworks creates dances with, for and about communities. Our dances show the skilled work and tell the often-unheard stories of the people whose work sustains our daily lives, such as sanitation workers, power linemen, forestry technicians, and firefighters. The company has been featured in multiple media outlets including The New York Times, Dance Magazine, PBS, and NPR. The Trash Project, Forklift’s collaboration with Austin sanitation workers, is the subject of a documentary film, Trash Dance, which won numerous audience awards at national film festivals and has been screened internationally through US State Department programs. Artistic Director Allison Orr was recently awarded a Doris Duke US Artist Fellow. You can learn more at www.forkliftdanceworks.org. Facebook: www.facebook.com/Forklift-Danceworks and Twitter @ForkliftDance.
ABOUT CITY OF AUSTIN PARKS & RECREATION AQUATICS PROGRAM:
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is an award-winning park system with more than 300 parks, 227 miles of trails and more than 20,000 acres of greenspace. The Aquatic Division operates 51 public pool facilities, which includes 7 municipal pools, 28 neighborhood pools, 3 wading pools, Barton Springs Pool, 11 splash pads, and 1 rental facility (Commons Ford Ranch). The Parks Department serves the public by providing, protecting and preserving a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers an essential public service and demonstrates economic value, health and environmental benefits, and social importance by improving the overall quality of life for Austin residents and visitors. For more information, visit www.austintexas.gov/parks.
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