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T+L Reports: Mexico's Cultural Capital

With a lineup that runs the gamut from Aztec to high-tech, the 20th annual Festival of Mexico assembles 130 productions to be staged in palaces and plazas throughout Mexico City's Historic Center. Indigenous dances by Ballet Folklórico de México are presented in the zocalo (once the seat of the Aztec empire); the second installment of Wagner's "Ring" cycle, Die Walküre, comes to the Palacio de Bellas Artes in a landmark production by Mexican director Sergio Vela; and the Australian troupe Expressions Dance Company offers an incisive and kinetic interpretation of Shakespeare's villainous monarch in Virtually Richard3. There's also a mini-film festival, Cinema Global, which includes nine shorts by young Mexican filmmakers. And don't miss Montreal-based Michel Lemieux's performance troupe, "4D Art," in Anima, a multimedia meditation based on the book The Naked Ape, by zoologist Desmond Morris, whose reflections on the links between man and animal are brought to life by four actors and their hauntingly realistic holograms. March 10-28; www.fchmexico.com.
—Robert Hilferty

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