Served: A Forklift and Dining Service Creation

Live performance followed by talkback with performers, artist, moderated by Steve Klass

Inspired by the movement of everyday life, Forklift Danceworks creates civic spectacles with unlikely performers. Throughout the academic year, Forklift will lead the creation of Served—a dance for and by Williams College Dining Services Staff, illuminating the nearly non-stop movement of campus dining halls. Co-authored with participating staff and students, Served aims to address equity and build connection through a community-based dance-making process. On Claiming Williams Day, Dining Services staff will perform and excerpt from the finale in Baxter Hall.

“Served” will feature lighting and set design by Stephen Pruitt, an original score by Graham Reynolds, and all-star band including Williams students and alumni, Jazz legend and Williams guest artist Avery Sharpe, and local digital violinist Todd Reynolds.

“Served” is presented at Williams in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, Dining Services, Claiming Williams, Center for Learning in Action (CLiA), Dance Department, Theatre Department, Music Department, and the Gaudino Fund.

Additional support is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

9-10:30 am in Baxter Hall, Paresky Center