Action Plan for the Safeguarding of Rabinal Achi Dance Drama

  • Project budget:
    • US$ 10,000
  • Source:
    • UNESCO - Regular budget
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/12/2006 - 01/05/2009

Benefitting country(ies): Guatemala


The Rabinal Achí dance drama is a play with musical and dance interludes based on myths about political conflicts between two Maya groups. The characteristics of the text and versification are evidence of a sophisticated pre-Hispanic Amerindian literary style.

The safeguarding plan aims at supporting the Rabinal Achí dance-drama group in their efforts to safeguard and transmit their skills, knowledge and experience. The project intends to strengthen the transmission of the Rabinal Achí dance-drama to younger generations through workshops; increase awareness among practitioners as well as Guatemalan society in general of the value of this cultural expression and the need to safeguard it; and strengthening the capacities of the Rabinal Achí dance-drama group to enable them to continue this tradition. Activities include transmission workshops and performances of the Rabinal Achí dance-drama, recruiting and training new dancers (children, young people and adults), publishing promotional material, whose revenues will go to a fund for dance groups and developing a training manual to teach the Rabinal Achí at different school levels of the national education system.

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