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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl named Shim Chung. Every day, Shim Chung toiled away cleaning the house of a wealthy family and tending to her blind father, whose only chance at sight was if he delivered 300 bags of rice to the local monastery, for which his vision would be restored. One day, a group of sailors came to town in search of a young maiden for sacrifice to calm rough seas. In exchange for the 300 bags of rice her father needed, Shim Chung volunteered to be their victim. Eventually, of course, Shim Chung escaped death and was married to a prince who later became kingand, in the end, everyone lived happily ever after. The tale of Shim Chung, or “The Blind Man’s Daughter,” dates back about 1,500 years. In 1986, Korea’s Universal Ballet Company commissioned Adrienne Dellas to help create a ballet version of the folk tale, which now serves as the company’s signature piece. Julia H. Moon, general director and prima ballerina, whose in-laws, the Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, provided much of the initial capital to form the company in 1984, calls the tale “timeless.” For those who want to see it, The Blind Man’s Daughter will be performed only at 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, though there will be additional company performances at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House. $22-$50. (202) 467-4600. (Maori Karmael Holmes)