Austin choreographer Allison Orr awarded $50,000 grant

Forklift Danceworks co-founder and artistic director Allison Orr — known for her creative productions that use everyday performers in unexpected spaces — is one of 45 artists and creators from across the country to be named 2018 fellows by the Chicago-based United States Artists. Orr is the only 2018 fellow from Texas; the honor comes with an unrestricted $50,000 grant.

Orr takes dance beyond the typical stage: 2009’s “Trash Project” involved city sanitation workers, trucks, trash bins, cranes and leaf blowers, and the three-year “My Park, My Pool, My City” project launched last year with “Bartholomew Swims.”

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