Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed Trees of Govalle performance, Forklift Danceworks threw a dinner for donors on Tuesday at the Commodore Perry Estate. “Lift a Fork” was not only a chance to thank patrons for their ongoing support, but also an opportunity for the creative nonprofit to talk about their future plans.
Held on the grounds and inside the circa-1920s mansion, the candlelight dinner was artfully prepared by the team from Olamaie and served on four long tables that included luxe floral settings from Carly Blair of Margot Blair Floral. Guests also sipped cocktails specifically crafted for each course by Bill Norris, the superstar bartender and beverage director for Alamo Drafthouse, Midnight Cowboy and other hotspots.
Forklift and its founder and choreographer Allison Orr have been instrumental in bringing a special type of dance to area audiences for years. Rather than using trained dancers, Orr is known for creating works that shine a light on everyday people who use certain types of movement in their daily routine. Trees of Govalle was a project done in collaboration with the Austin Parks & Recreation department, something both groups seem keen to do again soon.
Spotted among the swell set of diners and donors were Forklift Board of Directors Chair Roger Gordon, Jake Hallahan, Charlotte Herzele, Stratton Hrncir, Jack Nokes, Lisa Reile, Graham Reynolds,Eugene Sepulveda, Keri-Dawn and Rick Solner, Jen and Joseph Strickland, and Megan and Dustin Wells, among others.
Images courtesy of Loft Photography and Austin Social Planner