Société Anonyme
Industry Amusement Park, World's fairs, Olympic Games Ceremonies
Founded 1974
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people
Jean-Christophe Canizares,[1] Yves Pépin

ECA2 is a French Event production company located in Paris specialized in creation, design and production of multimedia[2] shows and large-scale events. ECA2 is member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and also the Themed Entertainment Association. In 2016 the company has fifteen permanent employees, and is headed by Jean-Christophe Canizares.[3] Depending on the project, ECA2 hires up to a hundred specialists, including architects, project management, technical director, sound designer, lighting designer, and art direction. Since more than thirty years, ECA2 has created and produced projects in France, China, Singapore, Mexico and around the world.[4]


ECA2 was established in 1974. It has mainly worked on special events such as World's fairs,[5] Olympic Games Ceremonies[6] and permanent shows for leisure and amusement parks.

In 1989, ECA2 and Yves Pépin created the first water screen display.[7] In the 1990s the company patented the "Aqua Scan", a process to project cinema size images on a water screen, which was later adopted by Disney and Universal Studios.

In 2012, ECA2 created, designed and produced the Big-O Show[8] for the international Yeosu Expo 2012, South Korea. This entailed developing the Cascade Screen, a large water curtain.[7]


ECA2 has managed productions for many events, including the 25th Anniversary of the United Arab Emirates in 1996, the 1998 FIFA World Cup Ceremonies in Stade de France, the Eiffel Tower Millenium Show,[9] the 2003 All-Africa Games in Abuja Stadium, Nigeria, and the "Luz y voces del Tajin" in Veracruz, Mexico, 2002 to 2004. Other ceremonies include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens[10] and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Royal Weddings in Qatar, the 2011 Summer Universiade, Shenzhen, the 50th Anniversary of Togo's Independence in 2011, and the "Circle of Light Festival"[11] on the Red Square in, Moscow in 2012.

ECA2 has also produced a number of permanent shows, beginning in 1998 with "Poseidon's Fury" at Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando. In 2002, the company produced "Le Lac aux Images" and "Le Miroir d'Uranie" at Futuroscope in France, and Magical Sentosa, on Sentosa Island in Singapore. In 2004 ECA2 set up an installation at City Mall in Nanjing and another, "BraviSEAmo!, at Tokyo Disney Sea. ECA2 created "Songs of the Sea" on Sentosa Island, Singapore in 2007[12] and "Le Mystère de la note Bleue" at Futuroscope in 2009. In 2010 they set up "The Ancient Secret"[13] at Akshardham Temple, India, and in 2011 they created "Mangrove Groove"[14] in Shenzhen, China. "Big-O, Wonderful Moonkey",[15][16] was set up for Expo 2012 in South Korea, and a display was also created for Beijing National Stadium. ECA2 also created productions for World's Fairs (Expos) in 1998, 2001, 2001, and 2010.

Prizes and Awards


  1. "Jean-Christophe Canizares of ECA2 will talk about the "Big-O Show" at Thea Case Studies Day April 5 in Anaheim". February 27, 2013.
  2. "Publicis s’illumine". CB News, 07/07/2014 Carole Soussan
  3. "ECA2's Jean-Christophe Canizares - The Story behind Wuyishan's Fountain of Dreams". Blooloop, 11 April 2015
  4. "Sentosa's new night show, Wings Of Time, debuts at Siloso Beach". Strait Times, Jun 18, 2014, Seow Bei Yi
  5. World's Fair. World's Fair. 1994. pp. 28, 62.
  6. Zhiyue Bo (14 May 2014). China's Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization. World Scientific. pp. 353–. ISBN 978-981-283-673-1.
  7. 1 2 "PHOTO ESSAY: SPECTACLE". inpark MAGAZINE, #47, Volume 9, Issue 2, Page 28, Caption 1. April 2, 2013.
  8. "The Big-O Show, South Korea's award-winning show!". PARK WORLD, Page 34.
  9. The Hollywood Reporter. Wilkerson Daily Corporation. 2006. p. lxvi.
  10. "A Disneyland in Noida neighbourhood". Times of India, TNN Apr 23, 2005,
  11. "THE SHOW OF YOUR DREAMS (translated from Russian)". THE NEW PARK MAGAZINE (Russian Magazine), #3, Page 51.
  12. "Sentosa Takes Flight With ECA2’s New Nighttime Musical “Wings of Time” InPark Magazine. Jun 01, 2014 Joe Kleiman
  13. Pathak, Dhwani (April 10, 2010). "BRAINS BEHIND SPECTACULAR AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE SHOW". Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  14. "Mangrove Groove, ECA2 lights up OCT Bay". Park News.
  15. "Thematic facilities: BIG-O, using the nature as a stage". EXPO 2012 YEOSU KOREA. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  16. "A Medialon Show Control System for the Night-Time "Big O" Show at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea". L&S Online America.

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