NMU’s CO/LAB Collective uniquely changes how we address climate change

MARQUETTE — Several groups have combined in a collaborative effort to change the way we talk about climate change.

NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre is featuring “What We Leave Behind,” an immersive, multimedia experience featuring live music, informative lecture and dance, all coming together to change the way the issue of climate change is addressed.

“In terms of communicating this message about the shift in our planet and how to better care for our planet, I think there’s a lot of different ways the message is being presented,” said Jill Grundstrom, director of the dance program at NMU. “Whether or not you believe or disbelieve [in] climate change, what we’ve done here is just given you some factual information and best practices about how to maintain what we have, and also made it a little bit entertaining at the same time.”

The theatre features 7 large screens to help deliver its message, along with dancers, a live band and multimedia production, that provides valuable experience for everyone involved.

“Usually universities have a resident dance company,” continued Jill Grundtrom. “I thought, ‘That’s great, but what else can we do to engage more of our campus rather than just dance, and give our students an opportunity to work with others?’ Because really in the real world, that’s what it’s about. You’re going to have to collaborate with a bunch of different entities.”

The show has a performance tonight at 7:30, then again twice on Saturday night.

Tickets are $17 for the general public, and $5 for NMU students.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Forest Roberts Theatre, or on their website here. 

Performance times and information can be found on the event page here.