Hundreds take part in Good Friday presentation

 

Adeje’s dramatisation of the Good Friday events leading up the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been deemed a success for another year.

The Calle Grande in Adeje was taken over by the dramatisation, ‘La Pasión’ today, with hundreds of local people taking part in the annual event depicting the last days and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The streets were also full of visitors who followed the action, and the events were broadcast life on television and social media.

Over 200 people took on the roles of the people of Jerusalem and the main protagonists in this theatrical representation. And somewhat unusually the weather favoured the actors with some cloud in the sky allowing relief from the kind of heat the public and the cast have suffered from in previous years.

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, congratulated all those who took part including the over 100 who worked on direction, production, stage building, costumes, communication, props, etc. “Everyone involved played their part in making this possible, and my congratulations and thanks go to all for converting this into one of the most important Easter events in Adeje”. he said,

“Every year more and more people get involved and every year we learn and improve, renewing and incorporating changes into the overall production”, he added.

Under the direction of Laura Marrero and through the department of culture this has become one of the most eagerly awaited productions of the year. The councillor for culture Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, expressed his huge satisfaction at the production. He was also happy to report that the whole production went off without a hitch, nor were there any security matters to report.

The evolution of the production of ‘La Pasión’ began in 1996 when, due to structural issues, the normal dramatic Easter celebrations had to move outside to the street from the Santa Ursula church. “Taking the presentation onto the Calle Grande was circumstantial, but it has now grown into the important event it is today”, commented mayor Rodríguez Fraga.

 

Easter Week in Adeje

 

La Pasión de los niños, procesión de los pasos chicos desde Los Olivos hasta Santa Úrsula, Adeje

There is a multitude of events scheduled for Easter celebrations

This Saturday, April 6th, the Adeje Easter programme will be launched with an address by the ex-parish priest Eduardo Rodríguez Rodríguez and the local notary, Roberto J Cutillas Morales, in the Convento de San Francisco. In parallel the council will also present the Easter Week programme and poster and open a photographic exhibition of past Easters.

The full programme will be available online in Spanish and English from next week, on www.Adeje.es, and printed programmes in Spanish will be distributed throughout the borough over the coming days. And as well as the many liturgical events this year also sees the return of the popular Lenten Cookery Tapas Route.

Procesión del abandono y tortura del señor, desde Las Viñas, Adeje,

Easter Week in Adeje today has a profile that is local, national and indeed international, not least due to the wide coverage given annually to the Good Friday street representation of La Pasión which is on April 19th this year, from midday along the Calle Grande, the town’s main street. However there are a host of other acts of interest taking place in the lead up to Easter Sunday, a concert of sacred music in the La Caleta church on Sunday (April 7th), and many very emotive and very visual processions along the town’s main and ancillary streets.

One of the newer additions to the programme is the Children’s Parade, which is on Saturday April 13th from 5pm, starting in the Los Olivos church, which will see the town’s children come together for a lesson on the last days of Jesus’ life and then take part in a procession to the Santa Ursula parish church.

On Sunday April 14th the town celebrates Palm Sunday in the many churches of the borough, with blessing of palm leaves and processions, the main ones in the Adeje main street from 10am and in Los Olivos from 6.30pm.

During the week there will be many emotive processions taking part, generally in the evenings, from La Viña, Los Olivos and the Santa Ursula church. Check the online programme for details. On Easter Saturday, April 20th, the faithful can take part in the silent vigil and 11pm mass, and on Easter Sunday all of the borough’s churches will be celebrating mass to mark the Resurrection.

 

 

 

 

‘The Passion’ draws a record-breaking audience

 

The Adeje Good Friday street theatre ‘La Pasión/The Passion’ has become a cultural reference point not just at local level, but on regional, national and international platforms. This year the staging in Adeje of the last days and crucifixion of Jesus Christ was watched by over 200,000 people.

According to figures received by the Adeje council, the average television audience for the event was 137,000, with over 200,000 tuning at peak times. That audience is a combination of those who followed the theatre on the regional TV Canarias station and those who were tuned in to 13TV nationally.

Following the success of last year’s link the representation was also broadcast on Facebook live reaching over 7,000 people, with over one thousand shares and thousands of comments. From the data available people were watching from many parts of the world too, New York, Lima, Santo Domingo, England, Buenos Aires, etc. The local municipal station, Radio Sur Adeje 107.9FM also broadcast the street performance live.

This year the Adeje communications department added more live and recorded videos to the council’s social media platforms, something which was of huge interest to the public, in particular the broadcasts of the new additions to the Easter programme, such as the Children’s Parade.

 

 

 

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Live The Passion, this Good Friday in Adeje

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

The Good Friday street theatre will be broadcast live on Television Canaria and 13TV nationally
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, March 30th.
The performance, on the Calle Grande in the town, will be broadcast (TDT) on TV Canarias, and online on TvCanariaNet as well as nationally on 13TV.  It will also be streamed live on the Adeje Ayuntamiento facebook page and the Adeje Town Hall page.  Radio Sur Adeje will be broadcasting from the Plaza España throughout the performance.
“The Passion is one of the most eagerly awaited cultural events of the year in Adeje, with an important level of local participation from those who live here.  This is very much their staging, and something they feel very committed to year after year”, commented the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

The mayor continued, “this is a council run event with a  huge personal investment from the staff of the town hall, with  all those involved working to ensure everything is perfect, down to the last detail.  Every year people come forward with new ideas and suggestions, each one adding to this singular cultural occasion, which brings together hundreds of people onto the streets, and followed by millions on television and online.  From the construction of the many stages (along the main street), to the design and sewing of costumes for over 300 people, rehearsals, and much more – none of this would be possible without the workers from the council who are dedicated to ensuring that the staging and performance is as good as it can possibly be”.
This is the 6th 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.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

“’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 cultural councillor  Adolfo Alonso Ferrera commented.  As well as the involvement of the public there will also be performances from professional actors Balthazar Isla, Nacho Almenar, Ballet Beanky, the Adeje School of Music and Dance and the Librea de Valle Guerra.
This year there have been improvements to the Pilate stage and some costume changes for Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Herod and the temple guards.   Salvador Ortega Jiménez will also be singing during the performance.   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 council is using a number of hashtags to increase visibility via social networks – #pasionadeje2018, #semanasantaadeje2018, #easterweekadeje2018.  Please use one or more if you would like to link your photos of the event to ours.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

RecommendationsThe 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 a 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.

 

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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.”

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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Be part of the greatest story every told!

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

 

With Easter Week fast approaching the borough of Adeje is planning a full schedule of related events as well as making sure the 17 beaches and all of the tourist areas are in prime condition for what is a hugely busy holiday season. The religious side is also of prime concern, with solemn processions and masses taking place over the coming weeks.

One of the most popular and eagerly awaited Adeje-based events is the street performance of the last days, trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ which takes place along the Adeje Calle Grande on Good Friday (April 14th). This event is now considered one of the key Easter events nationally.

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

With almost the entire cast made up of amateurs, members of the Adeje public are, as always, invited to participate and join the cast of hundreds. According to the Adeje councillor for creative development, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, the number taking part increases every year and this year they are expecting the same – so they are calling on anyone interested to sign up now. There will be a number of rehearsals and costumes and props are supplied by the council.

To participate you would need to have some Spanish, and if you have children who would like to be in the theatrical work, those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The form that needs to be filled in is on the council webpage, www.adeje.es

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

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

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Mary: A symbol for all mothers grieving

 

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

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

The mayor said today Mary was a symbol for all those mothers who have lost children in Belgium, Syria…

Thousands of spectators were in Adeje today to witness the XX edition of La Pasión on the Calle Grande in Adeje. Over 300 people took part in the staging of the last days and death of Jesus Christ. The mayor congratulated the amateur actors, singling out those who played Jesus and Mary, José Antonio Lopez and Ana Oneida. “Today Mary moved me in particular, she always does, but today more than ever because she is a symbol of so many mothers who ask ‘why’, why their children have died, in an accident, or have been killed in Belgium, in Syria… Today this is happeng and this is something we need to think about”.

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

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

He also paid tribute to all those who took part in the event, actors, the director, operations and back-stage staff, security, communications, artists, sound, music, etc. Rodríguez Fraga also wanted to say to those younger people, “you have to follow this, and take part again. It’s fantastic to see our young people involved in this collective event. Apart from the faith that each one may have, we are telling a story, something that had huge implications for humanity, a story that shows the pain of treason, of death, and of love and generosity.”

The mayor, accompanied by many local councillors, including Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, head of the department of creative development, and Cristina Fuente Carballo and Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, who also took part in the street theatre, spoke of his immense pride and staging “an event of such importance”, which has now achieved international status.

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

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

The staging of La Pasión had a number of changes this year, including the addition of the two robbers crucified alongside Jesus Christ in the final scene. There were also new costumes, dances and additional music and songs, all composed by members of the Adeje School of Music.
This event has been taking place annually in Adeje since 1996, and began with a small group of Adeje residents staging the representation. It has grown over the years into the prestigious staging that is is today.

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

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