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On a blazing summer evening near the shores of Onion Creek, in Austin, a tour guide leads a group of theatergoers and me to the water’s edge, where meditative music plays from a large speaker. He asks us to sit on the bank, across from a cypress tree rising from its thirty feet of gnarled, exposed roots that stretch down into the green water. When the performance begins, three environmental scientists from the city’s Watershed Protection Department enter the creek and mock perform a routine inspection of the water, transforming their everyday motions into a work of art.Turning day jobs into dance was the brainchild of Allison Orr. The choreography she creates as artistic director of the Austin-based Forklift Danceworks involves fifteen-ton trash trucks turning…
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