Update 17 March 2014: Adeje Council’s Culture department will once again present “the greatest story ever told” – the Passion of Jesus Christ – tomorrow, Good Friday, 18 April. The annual Easter passion play reenacting the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth, the Pasión, will once again be staged in Calle Grande and will be broadcast live throughout Spain on TVE in the Canaries and on La2 nationally.
La Pasión will start at 12 noon, and for the second year running the scene of the crucifixion will be in the Plaza España. Culture Department councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt noted that “with the change of location and stages which we did for the first time last year we achieved the desired affect, which was to create a panoramic setting for the final setting which we get with the Plaza, the church, the Convento and the Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop”. There is also more room for the public to watch the final scene of La Pasión with the change to the Plaza.
The councillor said that La Pasión is a major event for Adeje, and that “more than 300 people will be taking part as amateur actors in the staging of the story, the vast majority of them people from different parts of the borough who sign up year after year to take part in what is an important element of our local culture”. She said that ” the people of the borough feel they own the event, and return to it year after year. This … important international event [is] something very different, very unique. As well as the participation of local residents we must also recognise those other groups and individuals from other parts of the island who will be here, from the north, from the island capital, or the many who come from other towns and villages to play their part”.
She is right, of course, but it is more even than all that. It is also a stunning visual spectacle of high emotion that is gaining worldwide renown. And in 2014, the production will see a number of improvements to some of the stages, costumes, the Jerusalem marketplace which will have 20 stalls this year, all of which will add to creating the atmosphere of the era. Another new addition will be the participation of students from the Municipal School of Music and Dance as Herod’s dancers. The Herod and Pontius Pilate stage has been redesigned and restructured, and that of Pontius Pilate and Claudia has also undergone some changes. Their script has also been changed and is more intense, with the inclusion of a song during this part of the representation.
The whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, will be a stage dressed to resemble Biblical times, with plants, cloths, sculptures and altars, etc. Music also plays an important part in the event, and all of the songs and compositions are originals, written by the EMMA, incorporating some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments – the timple, cháracas, the drum, airs and dances. Security during the event will be provided by a group of Adeje local police, members of the civil protection unit and civil protection volunteers and the voluntary Adeje fire brigade.
If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it. If you have, feel the pasión all over again. As I’ve said in previous years, get there early because this gets packed out, and get there by public transport or taxi because this gets packed out …
Update 7 March 2014: I’ve posted in previous years (see HERE) about Adeje’s Easter passion play, and its drama and emotion. This year will be no different, of course, and if anyone would like to be more than a spectator, but would actually like to take part in the enactment itself, you can sign up to do so now in the Cultural Centre in Adeje. This year’s preparations are now underway, and each year some 300 “actors” take part in the passion play, the vast majority of them residents in the municipality.
The event is now famed worldwide, and tens of thousands attend, a great number of them tourists in the area. It is televised live internationally, too. Adeje Ayuntamiento’s culture department says that such coverage allows those who cannot attend in person to watch, but that the best way to experience the passion of the Pasión is as an actor involved in the production itself. To register to take part, just go to the Adeje Centro Cultural between 8am and 10pm or call 922 756 246. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. HERE is Adeje’s full Easter programme.
Update 30 March 2013: Adeje Ayuntamiento has released an album of photos HERE with some stunning images of the passion play. I think the crucifixion scene in the top square against the backdrop of the barranco is breathtaking, but have chosen to post above the image that I think most clearly shows how the town is utterly transformed into a Biblical environment. Simply wonderful, and a total credit to the town, and the Ayuntamiento.
Update 27 March: The Adeje Passion Play on Friday is officially due to start at midday, but as every year, get there early because the crowds will start to gather from early in the morning. As usual, too, the television cameras will be there to record, and to broadcast live.
Update 6 February 2013: I’ve posted in previous years about Adeje’s Easter passion play, and have merged the posts together below to give a flavour of the event, and its drama and emotion. This year will be no different, of course, and if anyone would like to be more than a spectator, but would actually like to take part in the enactment itself, you can sign up to do so now in the Cultural Centre in Adeje. Culture councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt said that this year’s preparations are now underway, and that each year some 300 “actors” take part in the passion play, the vast majority of them residents in the municipality.
The event is now famed worldwide, and tens of thousands attend, a great number of them tourists in the area. It is televised live internationally, too, and this year coverage will be provided by TVE. Sra Bethencourt said that because of such coverage even those who couldn’t come to watch in person wouldn’t miss the performance, but that the best way to experience the great feeling the play evokes was as an actor involved in the production itself. She also announced that there would be a showing of the video of last year’s passion play in the Cultural Centre at 7pm on 22 February: entry is free.
Update 6 April, 2012 6pm: Tinerguía has posted some fabulous pictures of today’s passion HERE.
Update 6 April 2012: If anyone has any photos of this event please do send them in. If you email them to firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll be delighted to post them.
Update 4 April 2012: Just a reminder that this wonderful annual re-enactment of the Easter story is on Friday, 6 April.
Original post 20 March 2012: Every year tens of thousands of people turn out to see the Easter Passion Play in Adeje. It’s a huge event, and is broadcast on television. For an idea of previous years, have a look HERE for 2010, and HERE for last year. This year will be no different, and it will take place on 6 April, as usual along Calle Grand. It is scheduled to start at midday, but get there early because the crowds will start to gather from early in the morning.
Update 22 April 2011, 11pm: Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga reflected the pride of everyone in the town’s latest Passion play, saying that the cultural offer had been elevated to a new level. The Passion was transmitted on television’s Antena 3 Canarias channel, and this year had more than 23,000 spectators. There is more information on the day from TinerGuía HERE and a fastastic range of photos including the one above on TinerGuia’s Facebook page HERE.
Update 22 April 2011: Today is the day that some 300 actors will be re-enacting the passion of Christ in Adeje’s main streets. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some pictures later. If you’re going, enjoy the spectacle … and if you haven’t already left at what is now 11am, you’d better get a move on because it starts at midday!
Update 13 April 2011: Adeje’s Easter programme for 15-24 April can be seen HERE in English
Update 3 April 2011: Adeje will be celebrating 2011’s Semana Santa between 15 and 24 April. The above video gives a taste of 2010’s incredible annual re-enactment of the Passion: it is something truly not to be missed. The Ayuntamiento has published the full week’s timetable HERE, but the re-enactment of the Passion takes place on Friday, with the main parade at noon on 22 April through the town. Events start much earlier, however, at the Cemetary at 6.30am and last throughout the day. The town will be packed, and parking will be virtually impossible too, so the best advice is to get there early, and to get there without a car.
Update 2 April 2010: A record 22,000 plus crowded the streets of Adeje today to participate in the town’s renowned annual Easter Passion. The whole thing was transmitted live on Antena 3 Canarias. It is evident from this year’s attendance, too, that the fame of this spectacle is spreading through the various international expatriate communities and tourists, who were there in great numbers to see the passion play.
The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said that “the representation of the Passion and Death of Christ is an event that defines us because it connects with our very identity, and can be one of the most beautiful days because it has a special magic, and because it forms part of our roots, our history, and as has been seen today, is experienced with great intensity.”
The play took place in Calle Grande and started at noon, lasting for an hour and a half. The visual impact of the performance had many in tears. One or two pictures as above will give the idea. C24H
Original Post 17 March: Adeje’s renowned Passion Play will be performed in the town on 2 April from noon onwards. As usual, it will be fully televised. Apart from being an incredible visual, let alone religious, spectacle, anyone who wants to do more than just watch can participate provided only that they put their name down in the Adeje Centro Cultural. The Council is saying that all are very welcome to take part, Adejeros or from beyond the municipality. Children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult. TinerGuia