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Sadako – A Ballet
February 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
And Additional Selections — Performed by The Pointe Academy of Des Moines, Iowa
Sadako Sasaki, a school girl in Hiroshima, contracted leukemia at age 11 from the atom bomb fallout she had survived at age 2. Reminded of an old Japanese legend by a friend when she was first diagnosed, she strove to fold 1000 origami cranes in the belief that it would break her disease and give her long life. She didn’t get them all folded before she died at age 12. Her friends finished folding the origami cranes which were buried with her. In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park.
The ballet version of this true story, choreographed by Elizabeth Harano Adams in 2003 to music by George Winston and Michiko I. Pumpian, is not a literal re-telling of the story, but incorporates balletic pantomime and the danced dreams of Sadako to evoke the emotions of the principal characters.