Adeje prepares for the “greatest story ever told”

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

 

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 the Messiah, Jesus Christ, from 12 midday on Good Friday, April 19th.

The performance, on the Calle Grande in the town, will be broadcast on TV Canarias, as well as nationally on 13TV.  It will also be streamed live on the Adeje Ayuntamiento Facebook page.  Radio Sur Adeje (107.9FM) will be broadcasting live 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.

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

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.

 

This is the 7th 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 cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera commented.

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

Each year there are some changes to the event – this Good Friday there will be a number of new stalls in the ‘Jerusalem marketplace’ props on some of the other stages are new, and neither the serpent nor the eagle used in previous performances will be taking part.  Sergio Sosa, a student of the municipal school of music will sing ‘No Encuentro Palabras’ and Adeje resident Carla Peraza will sing ‘Oye Mi Voz, Profeta’,

In the Garden of Gethsemane scene there will now be two new actors, one dressed completely in white, representing the will of God, the other in black, representing evil.

The council is using a number of hashtags to increase visibility via social networks – #pasionadeje2019, #semanasantaadeje2019, #easterweekadeje2019 for the public to use when they are uploading photos, videos and stories onto social media.   The council has also extended its gratitude to those who, year after year, work to make this a very special event, for their dedication and commitment.

CAST:

JESUS: José Antonio López Delgado

SIMÓN PETER: Gonzalo Delgado Ferrera

JUDAS ISCARIOT: Balta Isla.

CAIAPHAS Santi Cano

PONTIUS PILATE: Elías González Herrera.

CLAUDIA: Daura Moreira

MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS: Ana Oneida Borges

MARY MAGDALENE: Ainhoa Aguilar

DIRECTOR: Laura Marrero Morales

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

 

 

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 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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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.”

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.

TV deal for La Pasión

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The Adeje council and Radio Television Canarias have signed an agreement to broadcast the Adeje La Pasión street theatre live on Good Friday, March 25th, on the regional public channel from midday. The broadcast will be watched throughout the Canary Islands and online via TvCanariaNet worldwide, The event will also be broadcast by Canarias Radio La Autonómica who will promote the event in advance.

José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, mayor of Adeje, and Santiago Negrín, president of the RTC board, signed the agreement stating it was “positive for both parties”. The mayor thanked the station for their interest in being part of this event “as they have been in the past, in what is one of the most important dates for the people of Adeje and for those who visit us during Easter Week.”

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Santiago Negrín said that Adeje offered all the facilities they needed to broadcast the event “as well as offering us a quality product which gives the borough of Adeje the chance to display a part of their heritage and one of their most important traditions”.

The station have covered the production, an event directed and produced by the Adeje department of culture, in previous years, and stated they are delighted to be able to do so again. The mayor also thanked the other stations that have carried the event live “who have treated us with courtesy and professionalism covering this production that has grown in stature every year”.

The deal with the regional station will also include promotion of the event on television and local radio stations. The mayor also asked Santiago Negrín to offer the retransmission of La Pasión to other autonomous national stations or at least ask them to promote the fact that as well as in the rest of the country, the Canary Islands have traditions that are valuable and worth finding out about. Negrin was happy to agree and said their coverage of La Pasión would be placed at the disposition of all national Spanish autonomous stations.

‘La Pasión’ has been part of Easter Week in Adeje for over 20 years and sees the participation of over 300 residents of the borough acting and supporting the production. The town’s main street, the Calle Grande is transformed into a series of stages where thousands of visitors on the day can follow the action.

Over 10,000 in Adeje for La Pasión

The event was broadcast live nationally on TV España


According to organisers over 10.000 people attended the XIX edition of the live representation of La Pasión today, April 18th on the Calle Grande in Adeje.  The event was also broadcast live  in the Canaries and nationally on TV 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.
Nayra Medina Bethencourt, councillor for culture, said “Adeje’s La Pasión is a very important part of the borough’s cultural agenda. The people of Adeje experience closely the life and death of Jesus Christ and from the council’s point of view we work to make the event better each year”.
She continued, “For the first time this year La Pasión was broadcast live nationally and we are very pleased at the results.” The councillor said “all of the efforts, the work, meetings, rehearsals, preparations, music, etc. is only possible because of the involvement of the people of the borough and the team here in the council who have been preparing this event for a long time, to ensure that La Pasion is a truly marvellous event.

For the second year in a row the final scene, the crucifixion, took place in the Plaza España, with an amazing natural backdrop showing the borough’s natural riches, among them the Roque del Conde and the Barranco del Infierno.  Other moment of note included changes in the script for Pontius Pilate and Claudia.

This theatrical work began at 12 moon with the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.  The town was recreated on the Calle Grande with a market typical of the epoch, 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.

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 the 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 the Teatro UPA student Esther Mendoza) on stages that have been upgraded for this year’s presentation.
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.

Changes
As well as the change in the direction of the overall staging, towards the Plaza España, a number of other changes were included this year, most notably the home of Pontius Pilate and Claudia with an improved stage, new props and fresh dialogue.  The participation of the EMMA 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.   Dance students from EMMA also joined the cast for the first time as Herod’s dancers, and on this stage there were also a renovations and new costumes.

The addition of new stalls in the busy Jerusalem market place added to the atmosphere, selling fruit, vegetables, ceramics, shoes, seeds, craftwork, incenses and precious stones, fish, dried fruit, cheeses, bread and preserves, and a coral for the animals – all you would expect in a living functioning market of the time.

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.

 

Live La Pasión 2014


Interested in taking part in the hugely popular annual street theatre in Adeje on Good Friday, La Pasión? Registration is now open.

The councillor for culture, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, has announced that registration is now open for anyone who would like to take part in La Pasión 2014, the theatrical representation which celebrates the final days and death of Jesus of Nazareth, celebrated every Good Friday in Adeje.
The councillor explained that “each year we are delighted to see a huge level of participation from people who live in Adeje and other nearby towns and villages and we are opening the registration now so that people will have time to sign up and attend rehearsals in the days leading up to the event”.
Nayra added, “La Pasión has become a hugely important part of the cultural calendar for Adeje’s people who, year after year, put so much time and effort into making this ‘Way of the Cross’ a special event. And we here in the Council understand the value that people place on this important part of Easter celebrations”.
Interested persons who wish to take part in La Pasión, which has achieved international recognition in recent years, and is broadcast live in the Canary Islands on Television Español and on TV2 at national level, should go along to the Cultural Centre in the town between 8am and 9pm to sign up, or call 922756246.
If younger members of your family wish to take part, and remember you don’t have to speak a huge amount of Spanish to participate, anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Don’t wait for others to tell you about it afterwards! Come and live it for yourselves.