Core ensemble to perform “Tres Vidas” October 3 at WCU

The internationally acclaimed Core Ensemble will perform the new chamber music theater work “Tres Vidas” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Coulter Building recital hall at Western Carolina University.

The performance, part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities at WCU, is open to the public free of charge.

“The performance was selected because it celebrates women in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Marilyn Chamberlin, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at Western. “The theme of the performance is the contribution of women.”

Written by Chilean poet and writer Marjorie Agosin, “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 Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Amaya’s singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Storni’s lifelong challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet, “Tres Vidas” presents dramatic situations that are timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums, Chamberlin said.

The performance will feature musicians Tahirah Whittington on cello, Hugh Hinton on piano and Michael Parola on percussion, with actress Georgina Corbo offering portrayals of each woman. The program includes the singing of traditional Mexican folksongs, as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel.

The event is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program; College of Arts and Sciences; department of communications, theatre arts and dance; department of music; department of modern foreign languages; Women’s Center; and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Since its inception in 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 Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Aaron Copland Fund for Music and Virgil Thomson Foundation.

A native of Cuba, Corbo is a graduate of the acting program at the State University of New York-Purchase. Her television appearances include “Law & Order” and “New York Undercover,” and her film work includes “It’s Always Something.” She has appeared in several productions on and off Broadway, as well as at the Kennedy Center and at the Russian International Theatre Festival in St. Petersburg.

For more information about the performance at WCU, contact Marilyn Chamberlin at (828) 227-3839.