Musical theatre will feature Latin American Women

(02-25-2015)

Denise Estrada Peyre

Two major events will kick-off Adams State University Women's Week. Three legendary Latin American Women will be celebrated through a music theatre work, Tres Vidas, and International Women's Day will include art, yoga, presentations, and entertainment. The events are free and open to the public.

Tres Vidas

Tres Vidas, produced by the Core Ensemble and performed by Denise Estrada Peyre, actress; and Byron Sean, piano; begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Adams State Richardson Hall Auditorium.

The musical will feature the lives of three Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Salvadoran peasant Rufina Amaya, and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. The show features a wide stylistic range of music, including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla and new music written especially for the Core Ensemble by Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Manuel DeMurga.

Dr. Mari Centeno, professor of political science, saw the Tres Vidas performance in at Arizona State and knew she needed to bring it to Adams State. She wrote a grant requesting funding from Title V, the History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science, Spanish Department, and Adams State Associated Students and Faculty to bring the performance to campus during Women's Week.

Byron Sean

Since its founding in 1993, the Core Ensemble has been acclaimed for the development of a new genre of chamber music theatre works, as well as a long history of commissioning and performing contemporary chamber music. The Core Ensemble maintains a deep commitment to reaching the widest possible range of audiences demographically and geographically, in formats ranging from formal performance to informal lecture and educational residency programs.

Tres Vidas is hosted by the Adams State Women's Studies Department and Model United Nations. Entrance is free. Donations for Model UN will be accepted.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day will be celebrated from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in Porter Hall. The day will include yoga, presentations by students, artwork, entertainment, a demonstration by the Fiber Floozies and Adams State clubs will have food and drinks for sale.

Presentations will include Great Stories of ASU Women, by Pauline Victoria Martinez; Women Warriors (experiences of women who have served in the military), by Brandy Parry and Vanessa Moore; The Girls We Always See, by Megan Medina; Arab Spring: What does this mean for women?, by Azarel Madrigal; A Woman's Game (women athletes) by Paxton Schwarz and Alex Gaskill; and Beauty, Poverty, Socialism, Oil: Venezuela's Contradictory Perfectionism, by Mark Mabry.

Yoga/gong meditation, by Pam Williams, begins at 11 a.m. and a performance by the Adams State Improv Troupe Lost and Found, begins at noon. Tessie Pikula, Miranda Mattson, Emalee Strasel, and Connor Hile will have their artwork on display.

International Women's Day is free and open to the public.

The events are part of the Second Annual Adams State University Women's Week We Have A Voice, from March 6 through March 14.

For more information, visit ASU Women's Week Blog, or contact Centeno at 719-587-7923.