Trash Dance Directed by Andrew Garrison Sat., June 23 at 3:45 p.m. at Round House Theatre. Also on Sun., June 24 at 1:30 p.m. at AFI Silver 3.

Hubris can be an artist’s most exciting trait, and her most dangerous one. In Trash Dance, a choreographer tries to enlist garbage men and woman for a modern-dance performance, and as you’d expect, what follows is creative difficulty. Dancemaker Allison Orr wants her collaborators to express themselves in front of thousands, in a performance involving both their bodies and their trucks. In order to do so, she joins them on the job. But despite the film’s unrushed early portion, the choreographer often feels distant from the blue-collar workers with whom she’s trying to connect—which might be why the portions of Andrew Garrison’s film detailing their lives proves more interesting than the dance performance itself.

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