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THE DANCERS OF THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS OF MEXICO CITY

Mexico / In the pedestrian crossings of Mexico City it is possible to see all kind of street artists looking for some coins, but never until the last weekends professional dancers had been seen crossing pedestrians as street stages.

A little less than a minute is what it takes for a traffic light to change from red to green and in that lapse the members of the company interpret extracts of ballet classics such as “El Lago de los Cisnes”, “Don Quijote” or “El Cascanueces”.

The project emerged in 2016 when photographer Omar Rodríguez proposed the company’s founder and director, Reyna Pérez, to record photographs and video of the dancers dressed in traditional ballet clothes at a crossroads that is in front of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, in the Historical Center of this capital.

“When he proposed it to me I said: we dressed them in street clothes and put them in toes and ready, but he said: I want them with tutu (short skirt of tulle that the ballet dancers wear) pink or white and I want them mixed between the people” Pérez recalls to EFE.

The director and her dancers processed little by little the reactions of the people, but it was a citizen, who with one sentence, detonated the potential of the project because he was saying many things:

“It’s one thing to see the dancers on television and another to see them live.”

The first task was to look for the crossroads, intersections of the city, more crowded and with enough space, both on the street and in time, at the traffic lights to use them as scenarios, explains the teacher of 62 years and more than 40 in the ballet.

“We realized that a traffic light can last between 50 and 58 seconds and we had to adapt the music and the dances” she said. For example: the extract “El muñeco” from “El Cascanueces” lasts 2.30 minutes and they adapted it to 50 seconds like “El Vals de las flores” which lasts six minutes.

One of the “special performances” begins at 12 a.m. and has an hour duration. The company dances a play three times in three consecutive “stops” and rests during the fourth stop, then dances another play three times and returns to rest and so they repeat it several times during 60 minutes.

The goal is for people to listen to the music, see the costumes and the dancers to give them a ‘taste’ of what we show on stage,” she says.

The last performance of the company will be on September 2. By then they will have danced in the 16 delegations of Mexico City. (August, 2018, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

 

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El texto trata sobre...
A
las actuaciones de bailarinas profesionales en los cruces peatonales de Ciudad de México.
B
las reacciones de las personas ante las actuaciones de bailarinas profesionales en los cruces peatonales de Ciudad de México.
C
la diferencia entre las actuaciones de los artistas callejeros y las bailarinas profesionales.
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¿Cuál de las siguientes palabras podría funcionar como sinónimo de "lapso" en el texto?
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ambas.
B
lapsus.
C
intervalo.
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La idea de realizar estas actuaciones fue pensada por la directora de la compañía, Reyna Pérez.
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No se cita.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
Question 4
Un antónimo de "concurrido" es...
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vacío.
B
ambas.
C
frecuentado.
Question 5
La compañía no tiene que adaptar las obras, sino que las interpreta de igual modo que en un escenario.
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Verdadero.
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Falso.
C
No se cita.
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Según el vídeo, la directora de la compañía estaba segura de que la ciudadanía iba a responder bien.
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Verdadero.
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Falso.
C
No se cita.
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Según el vídeo, este proyecto busca crear un acercamiento entre...
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el ciudadano y la compañía.
B
ambas.
C
el ciudadano y el arte culto del ballet.
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