Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Updated 25 March: For those who would like to see this passion play, it will be broadcast live on RTVC (Television Canaria) and through the channel online HERE, starting at midday.
Updated 23 March: Adeje Ayuntamiento has released the details of the staging of The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, the passion play which will be recreated in the town this Friday, Good Friday. The council says that the performance will be staged as usual along the town’s Calle Grande – the road going up from the post office to the Town Hall. The performance, recreating the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth, will begin at 12 noon and last for two hours, culminating in the crucifixion in the Plaza de España at the top of Calle Grande between the Town Hall and the church.
The event will be broadcast live on Televisión Canarias, and will also be available live via TVCanariaNet on the internet, as well as transmitted on Radio Sur Adeje 107.9fm and Canarias Radio La Autonómica. Adeje’s Creative Development Councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera said that “there is an incredible sense of anticipation around this event”: “hundreds of people take part and of course none of this would be possible without the commitment and dedication of the team based in the Town Hall who work to make this event so special, to the last detail, checking every stage, every costume.
This is the fourth year that the final part of the staging, the crucifixion, is in the Plaza de España, an amazing backdrop to this dramatic theatre, and this year, for the first time, the two thieves who were crucified alongside Jesus Christ will also be represented. With the natural backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno, the Santa Úrsula church and the Convento creating the perfect setting, it is a fitting finale to the event. The change has meant that more people can view the final scene and security levels are also increased.
Adolfo Alonso added, “The staging of The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ is hugely relevant for the people of Adeje, the people of the town really feel this is their event, they are proud of the staging and proud to take part. It is something unique and very different”, he continued. Many different associations, sports clubs and businesses also take part every year.
Other changes this will year include an improved stage for the scene with Herod. All of the music is the composition of members of the Adeje School of Music, and the arrangement uses many traditional Canarian instruments – the timple, cháracas, and the drums.
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 the time of Our Lord, with plants, cloths, sculptures and alters, live markets with animals, etc. Those following the event can upload their photographs and videos to #lapasionadeje2016, helping give the event greater visibility.
The council also reminds those who are planning to attend the event to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring water, a sun hat and wear adequate sun cream, and make sure children are well protected. Do follow the instructions of the local police and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety and don’t cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the act itself. It is also recommended that you have identification and information regarding blood group and any allergies to medicines with you in the case of an emergency or accident. Given the many thousands expected to attend, arrive in good time and when the event has concluded be prepared to wait a few minutes for the crowds to disperse.
Security during the event will be provided by the Adeje local police,
Original post 15 February: Adeje’s Passion Play is famous worldwide, and every year, Adeje is transformed into a Biblical stage for a stunning visual spectacle of high emotion in which some 300 “actors” take part, the vast majority of them residents in the municipality. And for those who want to take part in 2016’s Pasion, Adeje Ayuntamiento has opened registration: either complete the form HERE, or go to the Adeje Cultural Centre between 8am and 10pm, or call 922 756 246 (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult) – registration remains open until 18 March.
In the passion play itself, the whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, becomes ancient Jerusalem, and the climax of the crucifixion scene is performed in front of banks of spectators in the Plaza España at the top of the town next to the Church against the stunning backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno. The suffering of Jesus Christ, played by José Antonio López for the tenth consecutive year, brings tears to the eyes of the audience – religious or not.
Tens of thousands attend each year, including many tourists, and it is televised live. 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 for exactly the same reason …
The Pasión starts at 12 noon on Good Friday, 25 March.