The event was broadcast live nationally on TV España
According to organisers about 10,000 people attended the XIX edition of the live representation of La Pasión yesterday, April 3rd on the Calle Grande in Adeje. The event was also broadcast live in the Canaries TV España, and viewers could also follow the event via online streaming, or listen on Radio Sur Adeje 107.9fm or Radio Nacional España.
Over 300 people took part in the event, the majority of them residents of Adeje, who played the parts of the many who followed Jesus of Nazareth during the last days of his life. The staging of La Pasión was overseen, as always, by the Adeje department of culture, under councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt and Laura Marrero, the department’s artistic director.
Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, also took part in the event and afterwards took time to congratulate the 300+ cast and crew. “Without you this would not happen, there would be no Passion Play in Adeje”, he told them. He continued, “we are not just showing the world another side of Adeje the tourist destination, we are showing a people who love and treasure their traditions, and a people who are capable of taking on any project, no matter how ambitious, and seeing it through sucessfully when we all put our minds to it.
“Every year The Passion generates new feelings and emotions for us, we see things with fresh eyes, deep sentiments are reawoken, that are much more than our religious beliefs or thoughts”.
This theatrical work began at 12 noon with the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The town was recreated on the Calle Grande with a market typical of the era, with food, animals – goats, horses, falcons, snakes, doves…. The crowd also joined in the chorus of Hosanna at the entrance of Jesus, played by José Antonio López, who has played the part for a number of years.
Following the entrance the focus shifted to The Last Supper in the plaza Cruz del Llano, followed by a meeting of Jesus with Mary Magdalene, played by Ainhoa Aguilar, a student in the municipal School of Music and Dance (EMMA) and a recent contestant on Spain’s version of The Voice. The music served to build the emotion of the scenes, and was composed for the representation by the school of music, under the direction of Juan Carlos Coronado.
The scene in the Garden of Gethsemane saw Jerusalem asleep and the kiss from Judas, who subsequently takes his own life wracked with guilt, betraying Our Lord. La Pasión then took the action to Pontius Pilate and Claudia (played by Raúl de Castro Soriano, a student in the Adeje Municipal Theatre School, Teatro UPA and María Herrera Bethencourt, a student at the EMMA), and to the palace of Herod and Herodias (played by professional actor Nacho Almenar Vera and Adeje Theatre and UPA student Nuria Mariscal). On Jesus’ return to Pontius Pilate the audience also had a chance to see the meeting between Jesus and St John (Agoney Hernández, EMMA) and the song expressing the suffering of Christ and the unconditional love of the apostle for his Lord.
Tears among participants and spectators were in evidence as Jesus was whipped and beaten and began the walk to Calvary, with the slope of the Calle Grande in Adeje towards the Plaza España lending to the realistic imagery presented.
Wearing his crown of thorns, the audience saw a bloodied Jesus Christ, in pain, falling and suffering on his way to be crucified. His mother, the Virgin Mary, played by Ana Oneida Borges, Adeje resident, accompanied him and offered words of comfort. On his way he, as was written, meets Verónica who cleans his face with a cloth.
Jesus continued on his cross-bearing way, visibly weakening, falling three times in all, until he arrives to the Plaza. The solemnity of the crucifixion was observed by the thousands present, with Jesus crying out “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” as the nails were driven into his hands. And finally, “into your hands I commend my spirit”, and with his death the Virgin Mary gave a heartfelt emotive speech on the passing of her only son.
Once the representation was over the procession took place with the Fallen Christ brought to the Church of Santa Ursula Martír. This statue is from the 20th century, and was acquired by the Hermandad del Santisimo.
As well as the change in the direction of the overall staging, towards the Plaza España, a number of other changes this year were improvements in the stages for Herod and Pilate, with new costumes and additional props in the Jerusalem market, creating a more realistic atmosphere.
Dances from both students from EMMA as well as those from Beanky Ballet also added to the colour of the event. The participation of the EMMA musical department has also been vital, with original songs and compositions incorporating some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments – the timple, cháracas, the drum, airs and dances add to creating the atmosphere of the era.
During the busy event there were no incidents reported to the special security detail in place for the duration of La Pasión. Organisers expressed their delight at the success of this year’s representation and congratulated all those who took part not forgetting those who work tireless backstage as well, on an event that has achieved a huge cultural standing in Adeje, inviting them all to return to take part in 2015.
Many who were present in the audience will have already uploaded photographs and videos online at #pasiondeadeje2015.
Main Cast: Jesús (José Antonio López Delgado), Simon Peter (Gonzalo Delgado Ferrera),
Judas Iscariot (Balta Isla), Caifás (Francisco Javier Rodríguez del Toro), Anás (Juan Esteban Bravo), Nicodemo (Santi Cano), Centurian (Laudi), Pontias Pilate (Raúl De Castro Soriano), Claudia (María Herrera Bethencourt), Mary (Ana Oneida), Mary Magdelene (Ainhoa Aguilar), María de Cleofás (Milagros), John (Agoney Hernández), Santiago (Francis Méndez Trujillo), Thomas (Pepe Aquino Suárez), Andrew (Manuel Pérez Ramos), Mathew (Epifanio Díaz), Simon (David Pérez), Judas Tadeo (Jesús Manuel Álvarez Marichal), Philip (Florencio Javier), Santiago el de Alfeo (Sergio Vargas), Bartolomé (Pepe Esquivel), Herod (Nacho Almenar), Herodias (Nuria Mariscal Cervós) and the devil (Víctor Herrera).