Indiana University Northwest invites Northwest Indiana residents to join the campus community on Wednesday, March 21 for a special musical theatre production, “Tres Vidas” (“Three Lives”), by the Florida-based Core Ensemble. This free event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, located on the IU Northwest campus at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind.
Presented through live music, drama and dance, “Tres Vidas” brings to life for today’s audiences the experiences of three powerful Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Salvadoran peasant-activist Rufina Amaya; and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. Actress Georgina Corbo portrays all three women in a piece written for the stage by award-winning Chilean writer Marjorie Agosin.
“Tres Vidas” was conceived by the Core Ensemble, which includes cellist Tahirah Wittington, pianist Hugh Hinton and percussionist Michael Parola. The musical trio will perform popular and folkloric music from a variety of Latin American cultures, including the tangos of Astor Piazolla, Mexican rancheras, and popular songs from the region. Also featured in the musical score are new works by Latin American composers, including: Orlando Garcia; Alberto Ginastera; Osvaldo Golijov; Alice Gomez; Tania Leon; Michael deMurga; Gabriela Ortiz; Pablo Ortiz; and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.
The Core Ensemble has garnered national recognition for its efforts to commission new chamber and multi-genre musical works. Concert performances and residency programming have taken the Core Ensemble to every region of the U.S., the Caribbean, Russia and Ukraine. The Core Ensemble is the 2000 recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts, awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Boston Globe has hailed the Core Ensemble as being “often formidable, always intelligent, ultimately compelling.”
Created with the support of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, “Tres Vidas” highlights the struggles and achievements of three profoundly influential Latin American women.
Frida Kahlo (1907--1954) led a life marked by physical suffering. She contracted polio at age 5 and later suffered serious injury as a result of a bus accident. Kahlo twice married painter Diego Rivera, to whom she dedicated a passionate diary. Kahlo’s paintings, especially her self-portraits, are noted for their immediacy, frankness and strength.
Rufina Amaya, (b. 1943), was a 38-year old housewife in 1981 when the Salvadoran army swept through the El Salvador region of Morazon in a campaign to root out guerillas and their sympathizers. Nearly 1,000 peasants were slaughtered, most of them anti-Communist evangelical Christians. Amaya, whose husband and four children were killed, is the only known survivor of the massacre.
Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) was Argentina’s first feminist poet. Years ahead of her time in her advocacy for women’s rights, Storni produced collections of poetry, novels, journalism and plays during her lifetime. Storni lived in a time when women in Argentina existed in total subjugation to husbands, fathers and social conventions, and she stood alone in seeing through the hypocrisy of those conventions. Today, Storni is a revered figure among both men and women in Latin America.
Georgina Corbo, who portrays all three protagonists in “Tres Vidas,” studied acting and Latin American studies at State University of New York. She has performed on television in “Law and Order” and “New York Undercover,” among other appearances. Corbo also has performed on Broadway, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in Russia's International Theatre Festival in St. Petersburg.
The IU Northwest presentation of “Tres Vidas” is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and the Diversity Programming Group. For more information, contact Prof. Ana Osan of the IU Northwest Department of Modern Languages at (219) 980-6691, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.