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Trees of Govalle, April 11 & 12 at 8 pm

By April 6, 2015No Comments


TreeFolks is one of the proud sponsors of The Trees of Govalle, a free performance featuring the City of Austin’s Urban Forestry employees and the trees of Govalle Park, presented by Forklift Danceworks and Fusebox. Featuring the trees of East Austin’s Govalle park and the hardworking Urban Forestry employees who care for them, The Trees of Govalle will highlight the care and dedication that goes into maintaining some of our city’s oldest and tallest organisms. Rooted in one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, the dance will also incorporate the Govalle-Johnston Terrace neighborhood’s rich history and celebrates some of Austin’s longest-standing families.

Working closely with Urban Forestry employees, choreographers Allison Orr and Krissie Marty will utilize the movement and finesse of the arborists and their machinery to create a dance highlighting the skill, commitment, and elegance that is needed to keep our city’s green space healthy. During the dance, audience members will also learn about how to care for our urban forests, and upon arrival audience members will be directed to walk along a wooded path. During this walk, local arborists and volunteers from TreeFolks will offer audience members information about how to care for and maintain a healthy and vibrant urban forest.

Saturday, April 11th & Sunday, April 12th
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm

Govalle Park
5200 Bolm Road; Austin, TX 78721

  • Arrive early, explore and eat at thinkEAST.
  • Enjoy hands-on pre-show activities and walk through a wooded path to discover your urban forest!
  • Free parking available at thinkEAST (1075 Jain Lane)
  • Everyone is encouraged to use pedal power – the easiest way to get to an event! Find out more about the city’s trails and biking in Austin
  • Complimentary Bike Valet by Spinlister
  • Bus Routes: #17 (Bolm & Shady Ln.) or #350 (Airport Blvd. & Shady Ln.) Plan your trip with Capital Metro.
  • No smoking at Govalle Park.
  • No dogs allowed, except service dogs.
  • This performance is entirely outside. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Presented as part of the Fusebox Festival as part of the thinkEAST Living Charrette Project

Forklift Danceworks is thrilled to announce that 2014 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Manuel “Cowboy” Donley will be a featured musician in The Trees of Govalle. Manuel “Cowboy” Donley is a Mexican-American singer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, and arranger. Donley grew up in the Govalle neighborhood and got his start playing in East Austin. Today, he is credited as pioneer of Tejano music and is known both as a bandleader in the orquesta (Tejano) style as well as the trío romántico style. In addition to being a NEA National Heritage Fellow, Manuel Donley has been inducted in the Tejano Music Hall of Fame, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in 2012, and has been honored with a community park dedication by the Austin Latino Music Association.

The Trees of Govalle will be entirely free and will be accompanied by an original musical score composed and directed by Graham Reynolds with production and lighting design by Stephen Pruitt. 

The Trees of Govalle is sold out! But you can receive a free ticket if you sign up to volunteer either Saturday or Sunday night with TreeFolks or with Forklift Danceworks. Click here to volunteer to help TreeFolks at the Trees of Govalle performance. Or for more information about volunteering with Forklift Danceworks visit