The greatest performance
Mexico spectacular: fresh, renewed and contemporary
Flutes announce the start of our journey. The great theater in the middle of the Mayan jungle is preparing to celebrate and take us to the past into Mexico’s history, culture and tradition to witness something spectacular, something made in Mexico with pride to be shared with the world.
After 10 years of presenting the Xcaret México Espectacular show to more than 14 million viewers, Xcaret prepares to present their new show.
This new journey through time has evolved into a fresh stage presentation, renewed and contemporary, full of excitement and emotions as well as a feeling of longing for an improved Mexico. The renewed version of Xcaret México Espectacular plays up the mythical story of the sacred book of the Maya, the Popol Vuh, where the divine twins challenge the Lords of Death to a ball game, the sacred game of creation. The Dance of the Owls, birds that according to the Popol Vuh were sacred to the Mayan people, is also presented on this beautiful stage. Owls are considered messengers to the gods of the underworld. With this dance, they predict the arrival of the Spaniard conquerors and the treason of the Tlaxcalteca people.
The arrival of the Spaniard conquerors to Tenochtitlan can also be seen onstage as well as the meeting between Moctezuma and Cortés where the Aztec ruler assumes that the prophecy of the arrival of the god Quetzalcoátl is being fulfilled, and he hands his kingdom over to the latter. Also shown is the resistance of the indigenous people to the subjugation, the mission of converting them to the Catholic religion and the coming together of two races through the mixing of their music, songs and common history. A unique artistic approach to the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which took place in 1531 during a tragic moment in Mexico’s history which was afflicted by a plague, smallpox and racism, can also be seen on stage.
In this new chapter, Xcaret México Espectacular also presents the Pirecua, the traditional music of the Purépecha communities, which reflects their gentle nature and is part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Another vignette represents the Mexican Revolution which took place between 1910 and 1921 and was an armed conflict for the equality of social strata and in search of better conditions for the working class.
Through the huapango, representatives from Querétaro, Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí and Puebla show the cultural wealth of the Huasteca region: Six states, one heart. A dancing horse adds an element of magnificence to the Mexican rodeo stage of the show, showing the beauty of this quintessential sport in Mexico.
Xcaret México Espectacular, the most representative stage presentation of the history and folklore of Mexico, has been enjoyed by more than 14 million spectators since it was created in 1995. Its great success can be attributed to the way it closely depicts the roots and essence of Mexico’s people, customs and traditions. With 300 artists on stage, it is the most important show of its kind representing Mexico and its treasures.
Xcaret México Espectacular includes the presentation of three expressions that are part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO: The Mariachi band, the Ritual Ceremony of the Voladores (flying men) and the Pirecua. Every piece of clothing represented in the Ancient Mexico portion of the show was created according to graphic testimonies of the original pre-Hispanic attire.
Xcaret México Espectacular by the numbers:
• Beginning of the Xcaret by Night format of the show: July 4th 1995.
• Total investment for the construction of the Gran Tlachco theater in 2002: 15 million dollars
• People involved in the construction of the Gran Tlachco: 1, 500 construction workers.
• The Gran Tlachco began operations: March 5th 2002.
• Cast and performers, musicians, singers, dancers, children, elderly dancers, pre-Hispanic dancers, performers of the Ritual Ceremony of the Voladores (flying men), etc.: 300 artists on stage.
• Operations staff which includes technicians, operators, designers, producers, trainers, coordinators etc.: 112 specialists.
• Total Investment in 2013 for the renewal of the presentation: 200 million pesos.
• Presentations since it began in 1995: 7 thousand presentations
• Number of spectators since it began in1995: 14 million spectators