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The MaMa Project is an evening length, student-choreographed dance work. This year's choreographer is Colette Kelly.
Pteropod, which means “wing foot,” refers to a tiny sea snail that actually has neither wings nor feet. Instead, it uses its powerful only muscle – called the “foot” – to propel itself in a butterfly-like motion through the water. Carbon dioxide emissions have caused oceans to acidify and pteropod shells to dissolve, bringing attention to the fragility of these sea snails and the fragility of the ocean ecosystems that depend upon them as a food source. Yet watching a pteropod swim under a microscope evokes an incredible sensation of being gloriously alive, despite their precarious place on a rapidly changing planet. Snails can indeed be beautiful. Just as pteropods must contend with acidifying oceans, so too must humans figure out how to deal with sudden, fundamental changes in the unique, personal world that we construct for ourselves.
This work uses the imagery of the pteropod to explore the fragility and gloriousness of existence in a rapidly changing world. What do we hold onto, and what keeps us buoyant, when the very conditions for our existence are fundamentally shifting? What is the tipping point for dissolution? What does it feel like to be completely out of control? Ultimately, this work will explore how the only way to make sense of getting the rug swept out from under our feet is simply to live in the marvelous now.