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Eiko Otake 

When: Tue., May 10, 7 p.m. 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 10

EIKO OTAKE: FROM TRINITY TO TRINITY

When the atomic bomb struck Nagasaki in 1945, Kyoko Hayashi was a fifteen-year-old girl working at a munitions factory less than a mile away from ground zero. In 1999, while documenting her life as a hibakusha, or "bomb-affected-person," she made a pilgrimage to Trinity, the New Mexico site of the first atomic detonations. American Dance Festival choreographer and solo performer Eiko Otake translated Hayashi's memoir, From Trinity to Trinity, in 2010, before embarking on her own odyssey of nuclear witness, A Body in Fukushima, with photographer William Johnston. Visiting the Durham County Library on Roxboro Street, Otake will discuss the hibakusha's stigmatization in Japanese culture and how Hayashi's identity as an outsider has influenced her artistic vision. —Byron Woods

DURHAM COUNTY LIBRARY, DURHAM 7 p.m., free, www.durhamcountylibrary.org

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