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Friday Dance Party: Street Ballet a Welcome Change in Congested Mexico City

Witness the "theatricality of public space."
August 3, 2018, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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David Beard shares news and views of ballet dancers performing selections from "The Nutcracker," "Swan Lake," and, um, Michael Jackson, in a busy crosswalk in Mexico City.

The dancers, from the Ardentía dance company, devote 58 seconds, the time it takes the light to change, to perform.

Beard explains more about the goal of the performances: "Over the past couple of weeks, the Ardentía company has performed these mini-shows to brighten the lives of weary commuters, part of an initiative called 'the theatricality of public space,' reports the Associated Press. The performances have drawn large crowds and captivated photographers across the city."

According to a statement from one of the dancers, the initiative has achieved far greater success than they had imagined was possible.

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Published on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Mother Jones
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