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Mexico's Ballet Brings City Streets to En Pointe Standstill

The streets of Mexico City continue to serve as a temporary stage this summer as members of classical ballet company Ardentia – Galician for 'fiery' – highlight the city's fine arts in public spaces.
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Members of the Ardentia dance company surprised drivers and pedestrians with another public performance in Mexico City on September 8.
Members of the Ardentia dance company surprised drivers and pedestrians with another public performance in Mexico City on September 8. Photo:Reuters
Classically trained ballerinas from Mexico
Classically trained ballerinas from Mexico's most respected dance company camped out in tents on the pavement between shows. Photo:Reuters
When traffic lights turned red, ballet dancers pirhouetted onto the streets to highlight the city
When traffic lights turned red, ballet dancers pirhouetted onto the streets to highlight the city's fine arts scene. Photo:Reuters
Dressed in tutus and traditional ballet garb, the troupe has been performing in public to demonstrate the
Dressed in tutus and traditional ballet garb, the troupe has been performing in public to demonstrate the 'Theatricality of Urban Space.' Photo:Reuters
The dancers have performed at La Bombilla Park, Tláhuac Avenue, Tezozómoc Avenue, Mexico Avenue and Marina Nacional,.
The dancers have performed at La Bombilla Park, Tláhuac Avenue, Tezozómoc Avenue, Mexico Avenue and Marina Nacional,. Photo:Reuters
Ardentia has been wowing unsuspecting audiences by interpreting pieces such as
Ardentia has been wowing unsuspecting audiences by interpreting pieces such as 'Vals de las flores,' from the Nutcracker Ballet, on pedestrian crossings. Photo:Reuters
The urban show represents the ninth edition of the project
The urban show represents the ninth edition of the project 'Theatre In Public Spaces, Theatre In Your Neighborhood.' Photo:Reuters
Some of the performances lasted just seconds, but were long enough to whet the audience
Some of the performances lasted just seconds, but were long enough to whet the audience's appetite. Photo:Reuters
"We never thought this was going have to this kind of impact," says one dancer, Manuela Ospina Castro. "Not only are people accepting it, but they need it."
"We never thought this was going have to this kind of impact," says one dancer, Manuela Ospina Castro. "Not only are people accepting it, but they need it." Photo:Reuters
The performances have drawn large crowds and captivated photographers across the city.
The performances have drawn large crowds and captivated photographers across the city. Photo:Reuters
Published 8 September 2018
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