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"Tres Vidas" celebrates three Latin American women

Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni are women who made history in the world about them.

Their stories will be brought to life by the CORE Ensemble and Georgina Corbo at 8 p.m. March 14 on the stage at New Mexico State University's Music Recital Hall in a production of "Tres Vidas."

The performance is chamber music theater for a singing actress and a trio. First performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it is now touring the United States.

Kahlo was a well-known painter whose life was marked by physical suffering first from polio and then from a bus accident. She married Diego Rivera, the legendary Mexican muralist, and they shared a stormy, much-publicized relationship. She died at the age of 47 leaving a legacy of art and history in Mexico.

Amaya is a human rights activist in El Salvador. She was 38 when the brutal civil war broke out in her country. When the Salvadoran army swept through her village, nearly one thousands peasants were massacred. Amaya was the sole survivor. Her husband and four children were among the dead. Her testimony is a riveting description of mass murder and survival.

Storni's life symbolizes the struggles of women to gain rights and equality in Latin America. An actress, shop girl, teacher and poet, Storni succeeded in breaking away from the subjugation other Latin American women were forced to accept. In one of her works she says, "I am like the female wolf, I roam alone ... I earn my living and it is mine wherever I go ..."

The script for "Tres Vidas" was written by Chilean scholar Marjorie Agosin. The score performed by the CORE Ensemble (cello, piano and percussion) includes arrangements of Latin America popular and folk music as well as new compositions. Corbo has appeared on and off Broadway and performed on television in programs such as "Law and Order."

Bringing "Tres Vidas" to NMSU was a collaborative effort of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, Women's Studies and the departments of Art, Languages and Linguistics, Government, Theater Arts, Music and English.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the Pan Am Ticket Office, (505) 646-1420; Ticketmaster outlets; or online at www.ticketmaster.com.