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Desert Picnic (dance film)

Premiere, 2020, Houston Ballet Frame x Frame Dance Film Festival

2021, Re-Emerge Dance Festival, Santa Barbara, CA

Desert Picnic was made possible by the Western NY Choreographers' Intiative, DanceForce award as funded by New York Council on the Arts, Pre-Tenure Grants from SUNY Brockport, and the Drescher Leave Program at SUNY Brockport

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Choreographer/Director: Tammy Carrasco

Videographer/Editor: Megan Davis Bushway

Dancers: Tim Bendernagel, Chloe London

Set Design: Benoit Beauchamp, Tammy Carrasco

Costume Designer: Emma Scholl, Tammy Carrasco

Drone Operator: Stephen Sugden

Sound: Adam Crawley (; Panayiotis Kokoras

Photographer: Cas Burns


The set design of a taped square establishes geometry as a value-system of the work, making the space a “ring” of heightened visibility for dancers and movement events. The notion of “picnic,” or meeting place, offers a sense of location, as the film takes place in two different settings: the tight quarters of a taped off theater space and a lush, vast, green landscape. "Desert Picnic" aims to actualize a figurative wasteland, and gestures towards the need to yoke and unify in the face of misconnections.

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photo credit: Cas Burns

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