We are inspired to tell the story of ancient Maya civilization, culture and spirituality encompassing a pantheon of mythic creatures, gods, and humans, many of them described in the Popol Vuh, the Mayas’ biblical account of their origins.
A central theme contained in these myths and deeds of antiquity is a ritual ballgame, played for their lives by the Hero Twins against the Lords of Xibalba, the protective rulers of the underworld.
From these personal and powerful sources, we bring the spectacle of Heroes of the Maya and the dynamic Royal Ringball, a modern, derived version of the ancient Olmec, Maya, and much later, Aztec ballgame.
Our filmed and live production will find an international family audience through spectacular arena family entertainment and portray many of these vivid theatrical characters and images in dramatic, colorful and athletic style.
Over a thousand years before the classical Maya period, the people who invented the rubber ball played a variety of ballgames, some using inclined arena surfaces, like Royal Ringball and the iconic vertical ring. These games rewarded speed and agility over size and strength.
Their ball of up to 12 pounds was moved by being struck with any part of the body, including elbows and arms, hands, fists and hips in epic struggles between emperors, kings and gods, men and women alike.
And woe did oft betide the losers.