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In 1955, a group of twenty-five Japanese women, disfigured by the nuclear blast at Hiroshima, arrived in the U.S. to undergo reconstructive plastic surgeries. They were the first A-bomb survivors the American public had ever encountered and their visit triggered a media frenzy and political controversy. In Hiroshima Maiden, Dan Hurlin brings to life this forgotten history. This tale of despair, guilt, courage, grace and forgiveness is beautifully enacted by a cast of 9 master puppeteers and dancers.
Hiroshima Maiden premiered at St. Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn, NY) in January 2004 and toured in the 2005-2006 season. Hiroshima Maiden is a project of Red Wing Performing Group, Inc. The project was produced by MAPP/MultiArts Projects & Productions and co-commissioned by The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, VT and St. Ann's Warehouse. Hiroshima Maiden was made possible, in part, with funding from the Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, The Jim Henson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation and the Helios Foundation. Live music has been made possible by a grant from the American Music Center's Live Music for Dance Program.