La Pasión brings out true passion within the Adeje thousands
THOUSANDS of spectators, flocking from all parts of the island and beyond, packed into Adeje on Good Friday to witness “La Pasión”, the borough’s magnificent presentation of the last days and crucifixion of Jesus.
More than 300 amateur actors, recruited locally, were involved in the production, which took place, as usual, along the town’s Calle Grande.
The spectacle was broadcast regionally on TV Canaria and nationally on 13 TV and on the local station, Radio Sur, as well as online on Adeje Council’s webpage.
One local, Church of England priest summed it up perfectly, saying: “It’s the first time I have seen the event, and it really is magnificent, as well as moving. It was so believable that you couldn’t take your eyes away from what was unfolding.”
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 have been possible.
Rodríguez Fraga 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, it has evolved from our culture, from our way of life here, involving the whole town.
“The level of participation among the people of Adeje is immense. Not all of them were born here, and many are from other parts of Spain and far beyond. But it all helps build us as a community.”
He added: “The entire performance tells a timeless story, and it shows human beings moved by friendship, love, cruelty, treason, abandonment … elements which are part of human history, with cultural and traditional ramifications.”
La Pasión has been held in Adeje for 23 years, from humble beginnings. It began as a local community initiative – a small, theatrical presentation outside the Santa Úrsula church.
It has grown and grown over the years and incorporated different stages, enriched by local historical additions, costumes and music.
On Friday, it started at the Plaza Cruz del Llano with the Last Supper and ended with the crucifixion in the Plaza de España.
The part of Jesus and Mary were played by José Antonio López and Ana Oneida Borges Medina, both from Adeje, along with hundreds of local amateur actors.
Rehearsals took over a month, and the performance was directed by Laura Marrero.
Culture Councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera added: “We also have to acknowledge the participation of groups, including la Librea de Valle Guerra, the Adeje School of Music and Dance, and Ballet Beanky, as well as the professional actors who offered their services for the performance, such as Baltasar Isla, Nacho Almenar and Juancho Aguiar.”
The staging of this event has become a regional reference point at Easter, marking Adeje out 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 parallel events, such as the Cooking at Lent establishments, all striving to ensure that Adeje really is a special place to visit and live in.
José Antonio López, who has now played the part of Jesus Christ for 12 years in Adeje, told the Council’s English Time programme before this year’s parade: “It is an event 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.
“Apart from the times I have portrayed Jesus, I have also been involved in other years, playing various parts. In fact, there have only been three years that I haven’t taken part, when I was studying abroad.”
He added: “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, I feel as though it is the first time every year, with a sense of expectation … an eagerness to see how we will perform, and how we are going to experience this year’s event.”
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