Forklift Danceworks: WesWorks—A Performance with Wesleyan University Facilities Staff
FREE! RSVP required.
Starting at Andrus Field (55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut)
Please note that the performance on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7pm is an open dress rehearsal.
The general public will be welcomed back to Wesleyan this fall to enjoy Center for the Arts outdoor programming and exhibitions in both the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. All patrons must adhere to and follow the University COVID-19 safety guidelines. Wesleyan requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated. All visitors will need to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated. Public health officials consider an individual to be fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Masks are required in all University buildings regardless of vaccination status. Indoor performances as well as special events, including opening receptions in the galleries, will be open to Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff. Vaccinated visitors may attend outdoor events and outdoor activities unmasked. Patrons under the age of 12 are required to wear a mask at outdoor events. Due to current CDC age limits on vaccinations, individuals under the age of 12 will not be permitted at indoor exhibitions.
By purchasing a ticket or making a reservation, patrons over the age of 12 confirm that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be able to provide proof of vaccination at the event.
“Allison Orr [is] a choreographer who sees elements of dance in unlikely places. Ms. Orr’s project creates a way to both honor and celebrate the employees’ efforts.”
—The New York Times
WesWorks (2021) features the movement and stories of Wesleyan University employees as directed by Forklift Danceworks of Austin, Texas. The company is led by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies.
Forklift Danceworks productions are built on a core belief that all people are inherently creative. WesWorks celebrates the skilled movement and tells the often unheard stories of the people whose work sustains the daily lives of the Wesleyan campus. Through their performances, Forklift Danceworks seeks to create opportunities for more informed civic dialogue, deeper understanding of the jobs essential to urban life, and greater connection between citizens and across communities.
Building on seven years of Forklift Danceworks engagement with Wesleyan, WesWorks was developed through a series of residencies and intensive course collaborations over the past year and a half. The multi-site outdoor performance invites the audience to witness the virtuosic and skilled work of Facilities staff as performed by the workers themselves, and to celebrate their indispensable place at Wesleyan.
Presented by the Center for the Arts in partnership with the College of the Environment, Physical Plant, SMG Custodial, the Creative Campus Initiative, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, and the Dance Department, with additional funding support from the New England Foundation for the Arts.