The 25th Annual Map Fund Awards, which distributes grants to artists in the field of contemporary performance, has announced its 2014 recipients, including Houston artist Allison Orr, director of Forklift Danceworks, and her project Play Ball. Forklift Danceworks is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring expressive outlets to people of all sorts and walks of life through dance.
Orr receives $25,000 from MAP to execute a two year partnership between Forklift and the Astros Major League Baseball Organization which considers her interest in ethnographic choreography and “the deeply woven traditions and ritualized movement of America’s national pastime,” baseball.
The performance will feature current Astros players and 250 additional stadium staff and community members. Orr plans to have the performance combine choreographed movements of the participants along with interviews, video projection, and cameos by retired star players. The performance will take place in tandem with a live original musical score in Houston’s Minute Maid Park for an audience of 20,000+.