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.
“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 marketplace, 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.
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 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.