Happy Garbage Man Day!

I’m not sure what the traditional celebration is, but if it involves entertainment, then a bit of Trash Dance would seem to be the most apropos. Not ‘Trashy Dancing’ like you would find in a seedy part of town, but “Trash Dance” as featured in Failure Mag…

  • “’This lady’s crazy. How are we going to make trucks dance?’ exclaimed gap-toothed sanitation worker Don Anderson when he heard about choreographer Allison Orr’s idea. What Orr had in mind for the Solid Waste Services Department of Austin, Texas, was a ‘trash truck ballet,’ one which would feature the choreographed movements of sixteen garbage trucks and twenty-four employees. Predictably, the sanitation workers weren’t the only ones who were skeptical. The concept was publicly ridiculed, and critics claimed the project would be a waste of the taxpayers’ finite resources. Orr was unfazed. ‘When I bring any of my ideas to anyone, the first reaction is: ‘What are you talking about? There is no way this will work. Nobody will want to participate.’ I am used to people giving me a negative response,’ she says. But Orr ultimately achieved buy-in from all parties, and each of three public performances (one in 2009, and two in August 2011, all at an abandoned airfield in Austin) were wildly successful, witnessed by capacity crowds of up to two-thousand people and drawing rave reviews in the local media.”

 

One man’s trash…

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