Trash Dance

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November 8th, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:15pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L11 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Orr’s work challenges audiences to expand notions of dance and performance. The film follows Orr as she rides along with Austin, Texas sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for one night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving performance in front of an audience of thousands. This thoughtful, eloquent documentary illuminates the reality that all work matters and has dignity, no matter the invisibility of the labour. Audience Award, Silverdocs; Audience Award, Full Frame Film Festival; Special Jury Award, South By Southwest