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Members of the Austin Parks Department perform a water rescue as part of a preview to "My Park, My Pool, My City" dance. Gabriel Cristóver Pérez. "City Employees Make A Splash In 'My Park, My Pool, My City.'" KUT. June 13, 2017.

Please press the play button above to hear the recorded interview, which was recently broadcast on KMFA 89.5.

Most of us have enjoyed the pleasures of going to a public swimming pool at some time (perhaps on a sweltering day in Central Texas?), but how often do we really think about what’s required for the pool’s upkeep and the safety of the public? It’s the kind of thing one takes for granted until it’s gone.

Forklift Danceworks is bringing us a very entertaining way to learn about the many individuals and the specific tasks that help to make the “Summer Splash.”

Artistic Director/Choreographer Allison Orr and Associate Choreographer Krissie Marty of Forklift have created a program for which acclaimed local composer Graham Reynolds wrote the music. I had a chance to chat with them about the project, poolside, at their final rehearsal.

Think: Synchronized Lifeguards giving you insights on their life-saving techniques…maintenance workers talk with pride as they look at their handiwork while walking the pool’s perimeter, kids doing jackknives into the pool…all set to music!

*If you go, don’t forget your swimsuit if you want to be part of the “audience participation” segment!

July 28, & 29, 2017
Shows at 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
FREE with Required Reservation
Bartholomew Pool
1800 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78723