Bennett Dance Company via sponsorship of Jeff Taylor (founder of monster.com & eons.com) / Root Society, performed at BURNING MAN in August 2007. Burning Man is one part cirque de sole with wild costumes, one part mad max with mutant neon glowing "vehicles", and one part art exhibition unsurpassable in beauty and scale. It attracted over 47,000 people during the summer of 2007 including some of the most well respected & provocative performance artists and art installations in the country. This unique event takes place in Black Rock City (two hours north of Reno, Nevada), a thoroughly flat, prehistoric lakebed, composed of a hardpan alkali, ringed by majestic mountains. Daytime temperatures routinely exceed 100ºF and plummet to 40ºF at night. The humidity is extremely low, which rapidly and continually wicks moisture from your body. At nearly 4,000 feet above sea level the desert's mid-day sun cooks you in no time. The playa is subject to sudden bouts of fierce, unpredictable weather -- high winds, lightning, dust storms in the form of white outs and rain storms that come in with little or no warning ---- we had a blast.
An 18 wheeler made the trip cross country from Boston with all our stuff including all of the food and supplies we needed for the week. BDC members Christine Bennett, Nicole Dagesse, Mary McCarthy and DeAnna Pellecchia with stage manager Jayne Murphy flew to Reno and then drove two hours into the desert. Here, an incredible crew built a theme camp called "Root Society" which we called home for 6 days, from August 28 - September 2. Run by a huge generator, on a 100 x150 size plot, the "camp" included 15 tipis to sleep in, a fully functional kitchen, a bathroom, a big big sound system, and 3 massive domes - one for housing the equivalent of a full-scale Boston Night club. Suspended under this 90-foot dome BDC nightly performed our aerial dance piece THE NET to crowds numbering up to 4,000 people.