Designed by Pratt Institute graduate Jae-Hyun An, the Marie-T prosthetic leg is a unique artificial limb that encourages a new genre of ballet. Unlike conventional artificial limbs, the Marie-T prosthetic isn't meant to mimic the human body. Instead, the limb enhances the dancer's performance and natural movements.
Comprised of three components, the Marie-T prosthetic features a foam-injected rotational molded foot, a stainless-steel toe, and a rubber grip that provides the dancer with better balance and momentum during rotations. The stainless-steel toe is one of the key components in the revolutionary prosthetic as it allows the dancer to remain in a pointe position throughout an entire performance.
The name of the prosthetic is also a reference to traditional ballet as it derives its name from 19th-century Swedish ballet dancer Marie Taglioni.
The Marie-T Prosthetic Changes the Way Ballerinas Perform
1. Performance-enhancing Prosthetics - The use of prosthetics that enhance performance instead of simply mimicking the human body provides opportunities for innovation in various industries such as sports, art, and medicine.
2. Non-mimicking Prosthetics - The development of prosthetics that do not mimic the human body gives rise to disruptive innovation opportunities in the fields of engineering, biomechanics, and materials science.
3. Innovative Ballet Techniques - The emergence of unique prosthetic limbs for dancers opens up avenues for disruptive innovation in the dance industry, inspiring new techniques and movements.
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