WORTHINGTON - The stories of three legendary Latin American women will come alive through music and storytelling during Tres Vidas (Three Lives), a Core Ensemble production to be presented Monday in the Fine Arts theater on the campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.

Hosted by Culture Corner, a collaboration of Minnesota West and the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, performances are at noon and 7 p.m. Monday as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

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Tres Vidas is a chamber music theater presentation based on the lives of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, El Salvadoran peasant turned activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean feminist poet Alfonsina Storni. Amaya was the sole survivor of the El Mozote massacre in December 1981.

The performance includes images of Kahlo’s paintings, excerpts from Storni’s poetry and passages from Amaya’s testimony about the brutal massacre of her village of El Mozote.

“It’s about how these three women, each in very different ways, became powerful and empowered women either by their talent or by their persistence,” explained Margot Emery, managing director for Core Ensemble. “(They are) just interesting stories about three great figures who made wonderful contributions to Latin American culture.”

Rosa Rodriguez portrays all three of the women on stage, while Byron Sean is the lead musician.

“The music in the show is all drawn from Latin American cultures,” Emery said. “We have some concert music by Latin American composers, we have a lot of folkloric music and popular music.”

Le Lucht, coordinator of diversity and multicultural affairs at Minnesota West, said she’s wanted to bring Tres Vidas to Worthington for quite a while. The production has been touring for 15 or 16 years and is popular particularly during Hispanic Heritage Month and Women’s History Month, Emery said.

“It’s seen as a feminist piece, but a Latin pride piece as well,” she added.

Both Monday performances are free and open to the public. Seating for the matinee is nearly filled with several school groups planning to attend, though ample seating remains for the evening show.

Anyone planning to bring a group to the performance is asked to contact Lucht today at 372-3423.

Following the performance, there will be time for questions of the artists and the three women portrayed.