Thousands attend the Good Friday ‘La Pasión’ in Adeje

Thousands of spectators were in Adeje today to view ‘La Pasión’, the annual presentation of the last days and crucifixion of Jesus, with over 300 amateur actors involved in the production which takes place along the town’s Calle Grande. It was broadcast regionally on TV Canaria and nationally on 13 TV and on local radio, Radio Sur, as well as online on the Adeje council webpage.

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga congratulated all those who took part as well as the team behind the performance, without whom it would not be possible. He said “What is important is that even though this has huge tourist interest, and we are delighted to share the event with all who attend, this is something that has evolved from our culture, from our way of life here, involving the whole town. The level of participation among the people of Adeje, not all of them born here, many from other parts of Spain and far beyond, is immense and helps build us as a community”. He added that this event “tells a timeless story and shows human beings moved by friendship, love, cruelty, treason, abandonment….elements that are part of the human history with cultural and traditional ramifications”.

‘La Pasión’ has been performed in Adeje for 23 years and began as a local community initiative, a small theatrical presentation outside the Santa Úrsula church. Over the years it has grown and incorporated different stages, enriched by local historical additions, costumes and music. Today it starts at the Plaza Cruz del Llano with the Last Supper and ends with the crucifixion in the Plaza de España. The part of Jesus and Mary are played by José Antonio López, and Ana Oneida Borges Medina, both from Adeje, along with hundreds of other local amateur actors. Rehearsals last over a month and the performance is directed by Laura Marrero.

According to the councillor with responsibility for culture, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, “we also have to acknowledge the participation of groups including: la Librea de Valle Guerra, the Adeje School of Music and Dance, Ballet Beanky, as well as those professional actors who also offer their services to the performance, namely Baltasar Isla, Nacho Almenar and Juancho Aguiar.”

The staging of this event in Adeje has become a regional reference point at Easter and marks Adeje as a borough of cultural values. The council congratulates all those who work to make this such an important event as well as those involved in other parallel events, such as the Cooking at Lent establishments, all working to make Adeje a very special place to visit and live in.

The greatest story ever told…

 

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

The Adeje Council, under the direction of the cultural department and councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presents ‘La Pasíon’, the last days and death of Jesus Christ, from 12 midday on Good Friday, April 14th.

“This event is eagerly awaited throughout the year and is one of the cultural events that is most linked with the borough”, remarked Adolfo Alonso Ferrera. “It is an event that is only made possible through the commitment of the residents of the borough”, he added, referring to the 300+ people who take part in the two-hour long street theatre event, which recreates Jerusalem in the time of Jesus Christ.

Representacion de la Pasion. Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

“Over the last few weeks we have been holding rehearsals, setting up the various stages, making costumes, etc. None of this would be possible without the commitment of the council team of workers who ensure, down to the tiniest details, that everything is in readiness for this important theatrical presentation”, the councillor said. He added that an event of this magnitude could only happen with the full support and backing of all departments of the council working together.

This is the 5th year that the final scene, the crucifixion, takes place in the Plaza de España. The change in the location of this most emotive scene has added to the dramatic weight of the final moments of the presentation, with the incredible natural backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno flanked by the Convento and the Parish church,, and much more space for the public in attendance. It has also meant a general increase in safety.

 

“’La Pasión’ is a hugely important event from a cultural and tourist point of view and the people of Adeje feel very much that it is ‘their’ contribution. This year, yet again, we have more than 300 people taking part in what is a unique event”, the councillor commented. There will also be performances from professional actors Balthazar Isla, Nacho Almenar, Juancho Aguiar, and Ballet Beanky, the Adeje School of Music and Dance and the Librea de Valle Guerra.

This year the opening will feature a video in the form of a ‘flashforward’ of a meeting of the main disciples in the catacombs, with John telling the story and linking to the live opening scene as Jesus enters Jerusalem.

There are other changes which include new costumes and stage upgrades and some changes to the music for Ballet Beanky composed by the professor of the Adeje School of Music and Dance, Juan Carlos Coronado.

The entirety of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza del Cruz del Llano to the Plaza de España will be transformed for the morning with a market place, various stages, and even animals including goats, donkeys, falcons, horses, snakes, etc. The whole event will be broadcast live on Television Canaria, can be viewed online on TvCanariaNet, nationally on 13TV and live on local radio, Radio Sur, 107.9fm. If you are there and want to post photographs online the trending hashtags will be #pasionadeje2017, #AdejeSemanaSanta2017 and #apasionados.

Recommendations
The Adeje council asks that those who are planning to attend the event observe the following recommendations:
• Wear appropriate clothing and shoes – comfort is important
• Apply high factor sun creams and make sure you have sufficient water
• Make sure you have personal identification on you including information regarding your blood group and any allergies to medicines.
• Arrive in plenty of time to avoid delays
• Don’t push while in the crowd
• Respect the security signals and barriers in place as well as following any instructions of the security and council personnel
• Don’t climb up on walls, railings, flower pots, stages, etc.
In the event of an accident find the nearest health assistant and ask them to help you find a family member or companion. In the case of an emergency remain calm and respect those who are nearby. Leave the danger zone and and follow the directions of the security personnel. Don’t run or scream.

When the event is over wait a few minutes for the crowds to diminish before leaving the centre of town.

 

Proud of ‘La Pasión’


Ahead of Good Friday’s ‘La Pasión’, the Adeje street performance depicting the last days and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, English Time spoke to José Antonio López, who has played the part of Jesus Christ for 11 years.

What is the importance of ‘La Pasión’ for the people of Adeje?
“I think it is an event that the people of Adeje have immense pride in, whether they are actually taking part directly or not, and it allows us to demonstrate our ability to generate culture, beauty and respect for traditions, something which does garner admiration and recognition for the town.”

How many years have you been playing the role of Jesus Christ?
“11 years as Jesus but I have also been involved in other years playing other parts – in fact in the 20 years of ‘La Pasión’ there have only been 3 years when I haven’t taken part – when I was studying abroad.”
Is it different each year – do you feel different during each performance?
“Yes, every year there are different nuances. We have a very creative and innovative director who always brings new elements into the performance that enhances the event while respecting what is the essence of Adeje’s ‘La Pasión’ . Personally, every year I feel as if it were the first time, with a sense of expectation, an eagerness to see how we will perform, and how we are going to experience this year’s event.”


Has your life changed?
“Not really – perhaps I am a little less anonymous, and OK, in that sense, yes. I am always grateful for the kindness shown to me by people who recognise me at different times and places.”
What importance does the story of the death of Jesus Christ have for us today in the 21st century?
“In remembering him we remember someone who took on the suffering of all humanity and the story of the death and resurrection of Christ can make us hope that there is a way to change what is happening in the world and that our greatest weapon is love. With love we can end injustice and the human suffering that we are witnessing on a daily basis.”

Cooking for Lent, Easter Week in Adeje

During Easter Week the Adeje council, through the department of economic development and job creation, under Councillor Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, have developed a parallel programme designed to complement this very special week in the local calendar. The plan uses local gastronomy as a platform to promote the borough and remind people of the more traditional dishes, invigorating the local restaurant sector, appealing both to residents and the increased number of visitors during what is a very popular holiday season.

During the presentation of the programme the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga emphasised that “this is the second year that we have run with this Cooking for Lent project, which was a success last year, and brings added cultural value to the town alongside the religious processions and cultural events taking place. This is important for us as a tourist destination given the excellent standard of the restaurants we have too”.

‘Cooking for Lent’ sees 20 restaurants and cafeterias come together during Easter Week to offer a range of particular dishes based on fish and sea food, as well as sweeter presentations as is the norm at this time of year. The dishes are prepared using fresh local produce.

All of the participating restaurants and cafeterias can be found online, using digital maps, as well as being listed in www.adeje.es where you will find a full listing of all those taking part, their addresses and hours of opening.

Solemnity and tradition mark the start of Holy Week

‘Cristo de Las Penas’ will be in the Holy Monday procession for the first time

The statue, Cristo de Las Penas, a work by sculptor Francisco Romero Zafra (Cordoba, 1956) will be taking part in the Holy Monday procession in La Viña, Adeje, in honour of Our Lady of Hope. The Liturgical events will began at 8pm with a mass in the small church, followed by the procession through the streets of this part of the borough.

During the procession there will be different offerings, one from the principal vocalist with the Carmen Mota Company. The Imoque folk group will also offer a performance during the procession and the Adeje seniors association will be participating as well.

The most emotional section of the celebration will be at the Plaza César Manrique in La Postura with the ‘meeting’ of the statues of John the Baptist, the Cristo de las Penas, the Jesus the Captive statue and Our Lady of Hope. The Policia Local, the Policia Nacional and the volunteer Fire brigade, the Guardia Civil, the Lifeguards, all of whom have links to the statues, will have representatives in attendance.

For the last two years this procession, considered one of the most moving by the local residents, has also been accompanied by the BRILCAN Army Nº2 Band along with the Adeje Patron Municipal band. The evening will also see the annual offering by the Piedra Redonda residents association with a lyrical/musical performance outside the local Cultural Centre.

On Maundy Thursday the public can see one of the other solemn processions, the Mandato, with the statue of Christ of the Misericordia, linked to the Brotherhood of the Misericordia, who have had a presence in Adeje since 1661. El Señor de la Santa Cena (Lord of the Last Supper) is also seen during this procession as is the Mater Dolorosa, a statue in the Andalucian tradition, of a very tearful Our Lady (with tears made of glass, and using natural eyelashes according to the art historians).

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Celebrating tradition and modernity

 

Representacion de la Pasion. Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

Easter Week in Adeje today is a reference point for the Canary Islands, a display of the sentiment of a borough and people who, while also growing as a pioneering and modern tourist destination, have not deserted that which defines them. For them and for our visitors, during the following days, the visual heritage of the borough will be seen on the streets and in the churches in a series of processions and religious and cultural events.

The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, launching the Easter Week programme today, explained that “The programme underlines the make-up of who we are – a borough with a double identity: on the one hand we are a holiday destination with a huge number of visitors and on the other hand we continue to nurture and reinforce our traditions with a huge participation from the people of the town, who are the ones who bring new ideas to the table, which improve and help the celebrations evolve, making them more relevant to our culture today in Adeje.”

Easter Week celebrations are not new to Adeje and there are records stretching back to the 13th century detailing events around this important religious festival. “We have worked to restore much of our visual culture as well as adding new sculptures and statues to the town’s collection, enriching our artistic and historical heritage”, added the mayor.

Among the acts that attract high levels of public interest is ‘La Pasión’, the theatrical representation of the last days and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which is on Good Friday (April 14th) starting at midday. This will also be broadcast live on Television Canarias locally and 13TV nationally.

Other events include, for the second year running, the ‘Lenten Cooking’ programme which sees many restaurants in the borough offering special Easter menus. There is also a number of exhibitions. Irish photographer Phil Crean’s photographs of last year’s Good Friday event are featured in ‘Detalles de la Pasión’ in the Adeje Cultural Centre, from April 7th to 16th and in the San Francisco Convent works of Juan Davó in ‘Vía Crucis y La Piedad Doméstica’ will be on show.

Representacion de la Pasion. Adeje. 25 Marzo 2016. ©Phil Crean.

(Photos: Credit Phil Crean, www.philcrean.com)

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