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THE PASSION OF OLESA DE MONTSERRAT

 
PLACE:
Olesa de Montserrat (Baix Llobregat)


DATES:
Some Saturdays and on Sundays and holidays (except Sunday and Easter Monday) from late February until the first of May.


INTRODUCTION:

 
The Passion of Jesus Christ is one of the most important dramatic arguments of Western culture and example is the multitude of performances taking place around the Lent and Easter. One of the more traditional ones that are represented in Catalunya is the Passion of Olesa de Montserrat.
 
Year after year, by the beginning of Lent, the people of Olesa rallies to make way for the theatrical celebration of death, passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A display that has become a spectacle, a great concept stage with the intention to excite and move the viewer through a technical and increasingly sophisticated effects thanks to innovations in sound, lighting, scenery, sets, dialogue, etc.
 
The Passion of Olesa is part of the most genuine medieval tradition. The first documentary goes back to the first half of the century (1538), events that have been perpetuated over the centuries in many parts of Europe. Although early versions held demonstrate the existence of certain unitary representations of the Passion of Christ between centuries XIII and XIV. In the nineteenth century an important change, since the representations "pasionísticas" modernize and move from the street theater spaces closed acquiring technical and aesthetic characteristic of the time. An example of the importance of local and significance of The Passion is the premiere, in 1987, the new theater. An equipment designed basically to stage the Passion.
 
Currently, the Passion is structured as a classical play. A total of 42 scenes divided into two parts which are represented in a morning session followed or afternoon. Each season represents about 10 passions which some Saturdays and on Sundays and holidays from the beginning of Lent until the first weekend in May, except Sunday and Easter Monday. Each performance lasts approximately 3 hours.
 
The text used in the representations of the Passion of Olesa has changed over the years, until 1946 known lines were used more or less fixed, attributed to Antonio de San Jeronimo. A year later, he released a new version created by Joan Povill, artistic director of the moment, which has been refined and remade to reach current and final version of The Passion. The text is shaking hands with the score of Josep M. Rome premiered in 1948, which accompanies, enriches and clarifies each of the scenes from the prelude to the closure.
 
There are now nearly 500 years of history that support the Passion of Olesa de Montserrat, plus the will to overcome that all “olesans” and reflected on stage. The Passion has become for most of the 800 participants with a cultural heritage and at the same time has made its identity as a people. The Passion of Olesa de Montserrat was declared a Festival of National Interest September 30, 1983.


Reference Websites
www.lapassio.cat
http://cultura.gencat.cat/cpcptc/festes