“Tajín vive” festival of identity


8 000 - 10 000

March 2007, 2008 and 2009

Multimedia and live show

Project development: 5 months

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El Tajín… The sacred city…

The sacred city of El Tajín is the physical and the spiritual capital of Totonacapan.

El Tajín means “Place of Thunder” in the Totonac language and was also one of the names of their god of thunder, lightning and rain.

The city was created in 300 BC but archaeologists think that this ceremonial and residential city only reached its peak between 800 and 1200 AD.

El Tajín is a pre-Columbian archaeological site located near the vanilla-producing village of Papantla, southeast of Poza Rica, Veracruz in Mexico. This place remains an outstanding example of the magnificence of Totonac civilization. Since 1992, it has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Night show:

Date: each year, around March 21st

Length of show: 1 hr 15 min

By night, El Tajín offers an incredible and unforgettable experience. Spectators are split into small groups to enable them to see the archaeological site in a different light. The dances, songs, offerings and poems of Totonac tradition are illustrated through the projection of wide-format images, an original soundtrack and the lighting of the pyramids, as the mystery of this fascinating civilization unfold. In this way, spectators have the opportunity to admire famous monuments such as the pyramids of the Arroyo Group, Dios Tajín, the Pyramid of the Niches, and the traditional Juego de Pelota ball court from a new angle.

Les Petits Français

Concept, show design, direction artistic and content production

Martin Arnaud, Show Design and Direction

Marilyn Kuentz, Artistic Coordination, Project Management

Fabien Langard, Original Soundtrack, Sound Design

Alexandre Kolinka, Image Design

Luis Morales, Image Design

Mexican Production – Unidos por El Tajín

Salomón Bazbaz, Executive Production

Miguel Angel Negrete, General Production

Alexandra Ahuja, Production Direction

Soledad Ramos, Administrative Direction

Erick Parafàn Belmont, Technical Direction

Luis Martín Solís, Stage Direction

Tareke Ortíz, Children’s Choir

Jun Tiburcio, Poetry

Julio Valdez, Multimedia Production

Alberto Alarcón, Production

Juan Alberto López, Logistics

Alejandro Duarte, Set Construction

Andrea Teutli, Artistic Collaboration