Navigalia. The magic is in the river

Technology enhancing a Christmas tale to illuminate the Guadalquivir

Under the banner of Navigalia. The magic is in the river, ACCIONA Cultura once again bathed the Guadalquivir in light, sounds and magic, 30 years after the renowned Lake Show at the Universal Expo in Seville. Said event marked one of the first large-scale productions by this company, whose roots are deeply intertwined with the city of Seville.

Navigalia, an acronym merging the words “Christmas” and “navigation” in Spanish, is an audiovisual narrative exploring Christmas traditions while reminiscing about Seville’s historical role as the birthplace of sailors and navigators.

The spectacle, with multiple daily showings at the Salt Dock, amalgamated cutting-edge video mapping techniques, robotic lighting, special effects and an original soundtrack. All of this is used to tell the story of Esperanza, a Sevillian girl embarking on a magical adventure to discover the hidden city where the Three Wise Men from the East arrive with gifts for all the children.

The staging was divided into three different levels: the Guadalquivir’s water surface, where various special effects like flame-throwers will be projected; a second level about 40 meters away, featuring three large water screens; and finally, a third level on the Triana riverbank with a 120-metre-wide canvas. The latter projection on the wall is done with 10 projectors.

Guided by a voice-over accompanying the interaction of different characters, the audiovisual experience had a musical backdrop with fantastical and Christmas motifs, along with various magical and evocative sound effects that enhance all 3D video compositions. Additionally, the Triana Bridge is illuminated and “mapped” with lasers in complete synchronisation with the show’s soundtrack.

In conclusion, an audiovisual show that aspires to become an emotional heritage for all Sevillians.