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Wayne State College To Host 'Tres Vidas,' Portrayal of Three Latin American Women

Published: 1-5-2012 3:45 pm

The Core Ensemble will perform "Tres Vidas," a production of music and theatre, at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in Ramsey Theater at Wayne State College.

Written for a singing actress and trio of musicians, the theatrical work is based on the lives of three remarkable Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni.

"This exciting and moving work, written by Marjorie Agosin and performed in English and Spanish, has powerful political, social and gender implications,'' said Adolfo Cacheiro, Wayne State College professor of Spanish and organizer of the event. "It should appeal to anyone interested in women's studies, Latin American studies, Spanish, music or theatre."

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring theatrical narrative combined with a chamber music performance. Roseanne Almanzar portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello piano and percussion.

Storylines include Frida Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya's astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Alfonsina Storni's life-long challenges as Argentina's first great feminist poet. "Tres Vidas" presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums.

Chilean poet and author of "Tres Vidas," Marjorie Agosin includes traditional Mexican folk and Argentinean popular songs. Agosin adds tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel within the work. 

Music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov rounds out the score. 

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.

For information: Adolfo Cacheiro,, 402-375-7461.


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