LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul.
W a k i n g D r e a m
Over the course of 7 years, the LUZIA production will tour the world, shining the spotlight on Mexico in more than 30 cities and over 5 million attendees.
Since its World Premiere in Montreal in April 2016, more than 1.5 million people in 13 cities across Canada, the US and Mexico have been mesmerized by LUZIA.
LUZIA has performed in Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Washington, Boston and Guadalajara staying between 4 and 11 weeks in each city.
Travel the LUZIA trail.
Imploring the gods of the rain
The rain is a blessing for life. Pre-Hispanic cultures as Mayans or Aztec named gods in its honor. Rain-calling rituals are legion in Mexican lore. One of those rituals is the Yucatec Ch’a’ Cháak ceremony in which four boys representing the four cardinal points croak like frogs in a spirited appeal to Cháak, the Mayan god of rain. In the Aztec religion, Tlaloc was the supreme god of the rains. Rainmaking rituals were also performed in the Yucatan cenotes.Visit Yucatán
Haling from the mountains of northwestern Mexico, the Tarahumara, or Rarámuri, are a recluse Native American people renowned for their astounding long-distance running skills. Some say the word Rarámuri, a distortion of Tarahumara, means "runners on foot" or "those who run fast". Living in widely dispersed settlements, the fleet-footed Tarahumara developed a tradition of long-distance running, covering more than 300 km nonstop across treacherous terrain over a period of two days with minimal footwear. Get to know where they’re from.Visit Chihuahua
Cempasúchil & The Day of the Dead
These flowers are the main element for the Day of the Dead altars. Their scent, orange color and appearance are part of deepest memories of the Mexican people. Their use in religious and pagan rituals dates back to pre-Hispanic times. This elaborate, highly significant ritual is designed to bring the mourner into a focused state of mind in which they make a deep connection with their loved one and celebrate not only that person’s life, but also the part of their soul that lives on in their heart.Visit Michoacán
The art of Mexican paper cutting. Papel picado is a decorative craft that involves cutting elaborate designs in paper or silk. Papel Picado represents the element of air and is generally displayed for secular or religious occasions and commonly represents birds, floral designs and skeletons (Catrinas). In Mexico, these creations are specially incorporated into altars on the Day of the Dead.Visit Puebla
In the Aztec psyche, the destination of one’s soul was not left to chance, but depended on how one passed. Those who died in battle or on the sacrificial stone would get to travel for four years alongside the Sun as the bright star made its way across the heavens, after which time they would return as hummingbirds.Visit Estado de méxico
Bahlam, The Jaguar
Jaguar gods are prominent in Mayan and pre-Hispanic mythology. In Mesoamerica, the Olmec developed a were-jaguar (half man, half jaguar) motif of sculptures and figurines showing stylised jaguars or humans with jaguar characteristics. The Maya saw the powerful felines as their companions in the spiritual world, and a number of Mayan rulers bore names that incorporated Bahlam, the Mayan word for jaguar.Visit Chiapas
The music of LUZIA
Featuring original music written by Canadian composer Simon Carpenter. The LUZIA album takes Carpenters original music written for a live acoustic setting and passes it through the filter of the electro-pop of Nortec Collective`s Bostich + Fussible infused with brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds.