Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Forklift Danceworks & Watershed Protection Present The Way of Water: Waller Creek


Spectacular Performance Exploring Water and the Work of People Who Steward It Will Premiere at Waterloo Greenway’s Creek Show
Forklift Danceworks and Watershed Protection are hosting a press conference with speakers from both organizations, Waterloo Greenway as well as United States Congressmen Lloyd Doggett and Texas Representative Sheryl Cole. 
Tuesday, October 25
10 a.m.
Waterloo Greenway, sidewalk across from the Inlet

Forklift Danceworks and Austin’s Watershed Protection Department will present The Way of Water: Waller Creek on November 17 at 7pm and November 18 & 19 at 7pm & 9pm at the Waller Creek Tunnel Inlet Facility at Waterloo Greenway. Set to live original music and with dramatic lighting, the spectacular performance will explore the way water moves through Downtown Austin, and what it means for our community.
The Way of Water: Waller Creek will gather more than two thousand people to see this urban waterway and the massive Tunnel Inlet Facility like never before,” said Krissie Marty, Forklift Associate Artistic and Community Collaborations Director. “Audiences will experience beauty in the movement of work, and the awe-inspiring human efforts and innovations that both support and confront the power of nature. ” “We are grateful to our partners at Waterloo Greenway for inviting us to present this performance during their annual Creek Show, which brings art to the water.
The performance will feature the movement and stories of approximately twenty-five employees of Watershed Protection Department. Workers across the department from the Lake Crew, who remove trash and debris from Lady Bird Lake, to environmental scientists who monitor water quality, will perform in The Way of Water: Waller Creek, showing the breadth of their work. The forty-five-minute dance will also feature more than fifteen vehicles including a forklift. And a live musical score by Austin composer Graham Reynolds will meld a pastoral string quartet with digital mechanistic sounds.
“It’s going to be unbelievable to see some of the things that Watershed Protection does on a day-to-day basis in the light of an artistic rendition, '' said Ramesh Swaminathan, Assistant Director, Watershed Protection. “Our field crews make a dump truck look beautiful and Forklift Danceworks is going to shine a light on the beauty inherent in the work of Watershed Protection.”
The Way of Water: Waller Creek is the first performance in a multi-year collaboration between Forklift Danceworks and Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, which works to reduce the impact of flooding, erosion, and water pollution in the community. Additionally, Watershed Protection staff work to protect Austin’s beloved creeks, lakes, and springs. This is Forklift’s seventh partnership with a City of Austin department.
Tickets are free with reservations at
Performance Dates
November 17 at 7pm
November 18 & 19 at 7pm & 9pm
Waller Creek Tunnel Inlet Facility at Waterloo Greenway