The company has had quite a ride in its first 24 months. Dance Truck has presented mixed programs by over 50 Atlanta artists at local festivals, museums, galleries, and roadside hotspots using the back of a rental truck as a stage platform. The company's very first evening-length production, PLOT, which took place at the Goat Farm in July, was this year's Creative Loafing Reader's Pick for Best Dance Performance. At the beginning of September, Dance Truck founder Malina Rodriguez was awarded Emory University's annual Creativity & Arts Award in recognition of community impact and significant contribution to the arts. And the company has just returned from Oregon where they presented dance artists at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's prestigious Time-Based Art Festival. The West Coast debut went very well:
At the TBA Festival, Portland artist John Bacone created a cardboard sculpture spelling out "DANCE" in enormous letters for the side of the Dance Truck, and the group presented a roster of international artists (Atlanta's Blake Beckham among them) on the evening of Saturday, September 17. A photograph taken by Dance Truck's documentarian, Atlanta-based photographer Karley Sullivan, was used as the lead photo for the New York Times article about the festival, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian took note of Dance Truck's participation, listing Rodriguez and Dance Truck right alongside long-established, nationally renowned acts like Kyle Abraham, Taylor Mac, and Mike Daisey, all huge names in the world of contemporary performance. Bravo, Truck. Check out more of Sullivan's pictures of the event here.
The Dance Truck birthday bash is not an official part of the Flux night of free public art, but it is taking place right there at Sous Whisky Marin in the same hood at the same time, so if you're there checking out Flux, do stop in and wish the Dance Truckers well. Sweet treats from Sugar Coated Radical will be on hand, along with sounds from DJ Santiago Paramo.
Typical Atlanta City action - much ado about nothing. Strain at a gnat and swallow…