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Butterfly – Hope in the Terezin Ghetto

Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager’s World Premiere for the 2019/20 Season, Butterfly, shares a story of hope inspired by the collection of poems and artwork published as I Never Saw Another Butterfly. During the Holocaust, the Nazi’s settled 140,000 Jews in the town of Terezin. Nazi propaganda promoted it as a “spa town” where Jewish children and elderly could retire in safety away from the forced labor camps. The ghetto in Terezin existed for 3 ½ years and caused the death of 90% of its residents. From the ashes of this hellscape, glimmers of hope emerge. A Jewish art teacher refuses to let the children of Terezin die without hope. She challenges her students to create art that speaks of their misery but also of the hope that lies within. As the residents of Terezin die of malnutrition and debilitating disease, one survivor collects these works of art to tell the story of human evil, suffering and resilience.

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    START DATE

    March 07, 2020

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    START TIME

    7:00 pm

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    END DATE

    March 07, 2020

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    VENUE

    Studebaker Theatre

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    SPONSOR

    Ballet 5:8

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    ADDRESS

    410 S. Michigan Ave.

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    CITY

    Chicago

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    LOCALE

    City Center

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