Three lives

Core Ensemble to perform 'Tres Vidas' play Friday night

Waynesburg University’s Fine Arts Department is hosting “Tres Vidas,” performed by the Core Ensemble on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The play is based on the lives of Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsia Storni, three legendary Latin-American women. Tres Vidas translates from Spanish to three lives.

The premise of the show is three lives, three cultures and three countries, having folk songs from Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina to represent the origin of the three women. This performance will include music, theater and stories from all three women’s lives.

The Core Ensemble has performed twice at Waynesburg University in the past 10 years, both celebrating Black History Month. The past performances include “Ain’t I a Woman” and “Of Ebony Embers.”

Past performances hosted by the Core Ensemble have brought in approximately 50-100 audience members; and this year, the university is hoping for more attendees.

“I hope there are more that take advantage of the Performing Arts Series concert now and in the future,” Ronda DePriest, director of the music program and professor of instrumental music, said.

“Bringing these professionals to our campus is so helpful to our Fine Arts majors and minors and our overall campus culture is enhanced the more it sees the value in these presentations,” DePriest said.

The play is based on three Latin-American Women. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her portraits and paintings inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico.

Rifina Amaya was the sole survivor of the El Mozote Massacre and an activist. Amaya hid in a tree as she listened and watched her neighbors, husband and most of her children be slaughtered. 

Alfonisa Storni was a poet in Argentina. She was among the first women to make it big in the male dominated work that was literacy and theater.

Waynesburg University’s Fine Arts Department has hosted a slew of different artists throughout the years, including Beegie Adair’s jazz trio to Cello Fury. Hosting these musicians gives the university students an opportunity to see artists that they would have otherwise had to travel as far as Pittsburgh to see. This event is free to those who hold a Waynesburg University ID.

“I believe these shows broaden our students’ cultural and artistic understanding of world figures through the perspective of how these figures each entered the world,” DePriest said.“How artists are informed by and respond to their surroundings are bedrock principles to understanding art and culture in any given society.”

According to the Core Ensemble’s website, the Core Ensemble was founded in 1993 and is to thank for the development of a new genre of chamber music theater work. The Core Ensemble is committed to reaching a wide range of audiences, no matter who, or how far, whether this being by formal performance or informal lectures and educational programs. The Core Ensemble commissions the finest composers and performances and has toured nationally and internationally since 1995.