Mariposa is a theatrical and dance interpretation of the poetry of Sharon Marie Olson, tracking her journey from lover, to expecting mother, to young single mother experiencing the depths of the bonds between mother and child. It explores themes of expectations, fears, ecstasy, trepidation, and hope in the cycle of birth and regeneration from the point of view of the divine feminine. The structure of the cycle will follow the four archetypal elements, going from hot to cool, like a fever breaking: fire, air, water, earth.
Selected dance performances will be choreographed by Autumn Kiskinis and other to-be-determined performers, matching the progress of the four elements and the poetic "story arc" of the pregnancy-to-birth-to-bond cycle.
Original music scores accompanying the dance and recitations will be performed live and pre-recorded by Baltazar Canales and Michael Hollander.