September 21 and 22 mark the days of PowerUp, a performance of employees and machinery of Austin Energy, located on the grounds of the Travis County Expo Center and Austin’s Decker Power Plant. PowerUP will feature over 40 linemen and electrical technicians, bucket trucks, cranes, field trucks and a set of 20 utility poles. When I heard about this out-of-the-ordinary performance, I admit I could not understand what kind of graceful dance forklifts could present. Though, I am excited and intrigued to be a part of a performance that’s one of a kind. I decided to do some research to try and figure out more about the dance I was planning on viewing.
To my surprise, I found out that the linemen’s high wire repair work will actually function as the basis for choreography and their personal stories will also be an integral part of the work. The award-winning Austin choreographer and founder of Forklift Danceworks, Allison Orr, refers to the linemen as, “True cowboys – people who are willing to do whatever it takes, in all kinds of weather and at great personal risks to make sure you and I can turn the lights on every day. These men are also big talkers, characters, risk takers and, believe it or not, dancers. All of their work relies upon highly choreographed movement. One wrong move and someone could die. And they rely upon each other – moving like a highly trained group of dancers – to make sure the work gets done right every day.”
There is supposed to be quite the crowd of over 6,000 viewers! PowerUP is performed with original music by Graham Reynolds and accompanied by a string orchestra led by the Austin Symphony conductor, Peter Bay. Forklift Dancework’s ongoing community-based educational programs serve people who are not able have access to dance.
WHEN: September 21 and 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m
Travis County Exposition and Heritage Center
7311 Decker Ln
Austin, TX 78724
TICKETS: Free; Please click here to register.