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Women's Theater Troupe from Nicaragua
To Perform at UW-Eau Claire March 13

 MAILED:  March 6, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will welcome Ocho de Marzo, a women's activist theater troupe from Managua, Nicaragua, on Thursday, March 13. The group will perform "Al Ritmo del Tambor de la Vida" at 6 p.m. in Davies Theater of Davies Center.

The performance, the final event of UW-Eau Claire's annual Spanish Week, will be followed by a question and answer session to provide an opportunity to learn more about members of the group and their motivation for involvement. The performance is free and open to the public, but donations will be welcome at the door.

Ocho de Marzo uses grassroots activist theater to express the realities of Nicaraguan women's everyday lives. The women of the group write and perform plays that address topics such as domestic violence, women's health and maternal mortality, sexism and gender socialization, and poverty and economic marginalization of women in Nicaragua.

The group visited Wisconsin in 1993 and again in 1997. They will be in Madison on Sunday, March 9, for the US-Nicaragua Women's Empowerment Project's sixth annual event to celebrate the lives of women around the world, a project of the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua.

"WCCN is very proud of having worked in solidarity with the Nicaraguan women's movement during the last twelve years on issues as diverse as domestic violence and economic justice for women. Today the Nicaraguan women's movement is the main and most active social movement in Nicaragua and one of the most dynamic in Latin America," said WCCN executive director Carlos Arenas. "We want people to recognize and appreciate the creative ways that women in Nicaragua and the United States are confronting violence against women."

Ocho de Marzo's appearance at UW-Eau Claire is sponsored by the department of economics, department of foreign languages, women's studies program, Latin American studies program and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, UW-Eau Claire professor of economics, (715) 836-5505, or Carrie Hirsch, of the WCCN, (608) 257-7230.

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Updated: March 13, 2003