Tajín vive, festival of identity
March 2007, 2008 and 2009
Multimedia and live show
Project development: 5 months
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.
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
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