Even in horrific circumstances, humans can overcome and let their love outshine any tragic situation. Most recently, we've watched it happen in Haiti as folks who have so little strive to give what they can muster to those who are even less fortunate, and we've also heard accounts of selflessness happening throughout other terrible times in history. During the Nazi occupation of Holland, the ten Boom family offered altruistic, unconditional love to neighbors and friends by providing them shelter. Family members, including daughter Corrie, hid away Jewish people and other refugees — that is, until someone spread the word to the wrong people, and the ten Booms were arrested. Corrie was the only member of her family to survive the resulting imprisonment, and she went on to share her faith (she was a Christian) until she passed away in 1983. This weekend, Ballet Magnificat! Omega, a Christian ballet company, presents Corrie ten Boom's life through dance at the Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or www.metrotix.com). Hiding Place is performed at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (March 5 and 6), and tickets cost $18 to $20.
Fri., March 5; Sat., March 6, 2010