A group of highly innovative garbagemen rocked the South by Southwest Music Festival with a film centered on the balletic movement of, wait for it, garbage trucks. If that sounds like a totally whacky, off-the-wall take on performance art, then you’re right on the money. It is fabulously entertaining, though, and there’s quite a story behind it.
Choreographer Allison Orr demonstrates in the film that inspiration is everywhere. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison followed Orr through her sojourn with sanitation workers, which ultimately culminated in 24 garbage trucks dancing. If that’s not fit for the title of extreme creativity, then little else is.
Dance Magazine wrote about the film’s screening at SXSW; read the blog post here. Roll on over to the Trash Dance homepage for information about the film and where it will be screening next. And, next time you’re setting your garbage out on the curb, keep in mind that the fellow in the fluorescent vest picking it up just might be a closeted choreographer.