Ballet Folklorico at Teatro de Bellas Artes

 Sadly this is the last full day of our adventure. We will start around noon with the performance of the Ballet Folklorico at the Teatro de Bellas Artes, which you will certainly remember from our walk there at the beginning of the trip. Today we going inside to view the opulence, the famous murals and the architecture.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the most important cultural center in Mexico City as well as the rest of the country of Mexico.It is located on the west side of the historic center of Mexico City next to the Alameda Central park.

The first National Theater of Mexico was built in the late 19th century, but it was soon decided to tear this down in favor of a more opulent building in time for Centennial of the Mexican War of Independence in 1910. The initial design and construction was undertaken by Italian architect Adamo Boari in 1904, but complications arising from the soft subsoil and the political problem both before and during the Mexican Revolution, hindered then stopped construction completely by 1913. Construction began again in 1932 under Mexican architect Federico Mariscal and was completed in 1934. The exterior of the building is primarily Neoclassical and Art Nouveau and the interior is primarily Art Deco. The building is best known for its murals by Diego Rivera, Siqueiros and others, as well as the many exhibitions and theatrical performances its hosts, including the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico.

Murals by Tamayo and Rivera adorn the many walls….

Grand Staircase

One million pieces of Tiffany glass in the stage curtain!

And you haven’t even seen the show yet? Impressive? Just wait…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mkqUffnzjk

FYI…don’t worry about not being able to use cameras …they sell a great DVD of the entire performance!

But wait…the day is not over….

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