Austin’s creativity goes global with new ambassadors

Allison Orr working with the Japanese Women’s Professional Baseball League (Courtesy: Forklift Danceworks)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Three Austin innovators will represent the Capital City when they work abroad in Japan and Spain this year.

The city’s Economic Development Department designated Allison Orr, Graham Reynolds and Andrea Ariel as Creative Ambassadors.

Orr, the artistic director of Forklift Danceworks, is taking a version of her “Play Ball” performance, which she choreographed with Huston-Tillotson baseball players recently, to Kyoto, Japan. She’ll work with the Japanese Women’s Professional Baseball League on a similar dance.

Reynolds composed an original music score based on audio recordings of the game at play and sounds from the stadium.  He’ll make the trip to perform with the premiere presentation on September 23.

Ariel, who started a dance theatre as well, participated in the international Soundpainting Think Tank in Girona, Spain.

The Creative Ambassadors Program is intended to open dialogue and opportunity between Austin’s creative community and markets worldwide. Artist categories include musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and performing artists.

Applications for the program are due on the first Monday of each month, but they’ll be reviewed quarterly. For more information, visit the city’s Cultural Arts Division. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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