Black Hills State University will host a new music theatre performance this fall entitled Tres Vidas. The event, performed by the Core Ensemble, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
Tres Vidas celebrates the life, times, and work of three significant Latin and South American Women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico; peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador; and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina. With storylines including 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.
The Core Ensemble, which includes, Tahirah Whittington, cello; Hugh Hinton, piano; and Michael Parola, percussion, along with featured actress Georgina Corbo, 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.
From a script written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, actress Georgina Corbo offers powerful portrayals of each woman and includes the singing of traditional Mexican folk songs as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel. Additional music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga, and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score.
For more information about the production of Tres Vidas, contact Shelley Stoltenberg, student engagement and programming coordinator at BHSU, at ShelleyStoltenberg@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6378.