The Core Ensemble, the national and international touring performance group, presented the chamber music theatre works Tres Vidas this past Saturday at the Mount’s Horning Theatre. The event was held to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by examining the lives of three remarkable Hispanic women and their life’s work.
Tres Vidas looks at the lives of Frida Kahlo, a painter from Mexico, Rufina Amaya, Salvadoran peasant activist, and the poet from Argentina, Alfonsina Storni. The event looked at each womans career, but highlighted one specific event or relationship which influenced the women’s outlook.
One of the goals of this event was to present dramatic situations that happened years ago, but still resonate with audiences regardless of gender or ethnicity. This was achieved by sharing the story of Kahlo’s relationship with Diego Rivera, another Mexican painter and the survival of Amaya in a country at war with itself, but more specifically surviving the El Mozote massacre of 1981. The audience was also given a glimpse into the struggles of Storni’s struggle as the first feminist poet in Argentina.
The ensemble combined song and theatrical narrative to tell the women’s stories. The music ranged from traditional Mexican folk songs to popular Argentinean songs to tango music by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel, and featured additional music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov
The narrative was written by Marjorie Agosin, a Chilean poet and writer. It featured Rosa Rodriguez as several of the characters and had a trio of cello, piano and percussion on stage with her.