Artist Projects

Hiroshima Maiden

Dan Hurlin

Hiroshima Maiden is inspired by the true story of the Hiroshima Maidens, a group of women disfigured by the nuclear blast at Hiroshima and brought to the United States for reconstructive surgery. The Maidens became celebrities in this country, appearing on the television show This is Your Life, where they met the pilot of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Hiroshima Maiden involves nine puppeteers and a complex set and continues Hurlin’s ongoing exploration of the different uses for sight. Inspired by the traditional Japanese form of Bunraku, Hurlin’s narrative style is evocative rather than linear. He focuses on a boy watching TV and flipping channels between This is Your Life and I Love Lucy. Live music for the work is created and performed by Robert Een.

Project Updates

  • 2004: Hiroshima Maiden is performed at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York

  • 2004: Hiroshima Maiden is presented by Yale Repertory Theater’s Special Event Series

  • 2005: Hiroshima Maiden is performed at the Clarice Smith Performing Art Center in College Park, MD

  • 2005: Hiroshima Maiden is performed at REDCAT in Los Angeles