The passions

The passions

Catalonia is a country with a wide range of customs and traditions.

Almost every month of the year there is a festivity to celebrate that makes us travel through time and relives some part of our historical and cultural legacy.

In this case, the beginning of Lent comes accompanied in some Catalan towns of a dramatic staging that has been representing since the middle ages in all Europe, the passions. These can be seen, normally, until after Easter.

d

The passions are a popular manifestation that are celebrated in the framework of Holy Week, which takes place in spring (date that changes according to the lunar calendar), is the most important festival of the Christian calendar as it commemorates the entrance to Jerusalem of Jesus, death on the cross and his resurrection. However, today it has become, rather, a festivity of a popular and non-religious nature.

One of the Catalan references of this tradition that is still maintained today is the Passion of Esparreguera and the " Dansa de la mort " by Verges. A unique show that you can not let lose and then we give you more details.

What do the passions represent?

The passions are a theatrical representation that narrates the life and death of Jesus Christ. These derive from a liturgical drama of medieval times, known as " mysteries ", which were celebrated by Holy Week. These mysteries represented passages from the life of Jesus and other saints.

Over time, the texts will be enriched, as well as the representation of these, and in this way the mysteries took on a more complex character.

Consequently, it began to be represented in the squares of the towns, instead of the church, and other people who did not belong to the clergy intervened, being then a popular representation.

Already entered the century XIV the mysteries became a great theatrical staging.

The passion of Esparreguera

r30_esparre The passion of Esparreguera (Baix Llobregat) is one of the oldest in Catalonia and, even today, it is still alive.

A letter is conserved, dated in the year 1611, where a villager of Sant Llorenç d'Hortons made known to his family members of Esparreguera that he would attend the passion.

So, it is a tradition with a huge past behind, which has a great impact, both on the citizens of the municipality, who are fully involved and transmit to the public facts that happened two thousand years ago, as well as the spectators who attend year after year.

Formerly and until the year 1860 it was staged in the town square. From then on, it began to be represented in a closed place.

There are two dates that indicate that near 1941 was held in the Ateneu. Until 1969, the grandiose theater designed by the patronage of passion was inaugurated, which has a capacity of 1800 people, and began to be represented in this new space until today.

The text, which tells the public life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, was written by Ramon Torruella in the year 1960 and is composed of 35 scenes divided into two parts, one is represented in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Therefore, you must have a whole day to enjoy this show that has all the ingredients of a unique theatrical production.

Between these elements it is possible to emphasize the music that accompanies the work and that is interpreted, in direct, by an orchestra and choral.

The singularity of the theatrical argument, as well as its temporary persistence, caused the Esparreguera Passion to be declared a traditional festival of national interest.

And its significance on a national scale is so remarkable that the Catalan Federation of Passions has located its headquarters in this municipality.

The Passion of Olesa de Montserrat

r30_olesa-montserrat The Passion of Olesa is more than theater. It is an experience for young and old that will allow you to enjoy a tradition with almost 500 years of history taken to the stage in a modern way, and where impressive sets coexist with digital effects and scenes of intense emotion. Vibrate with music, enjoy the show and discover the talent and passion of an entire people.

The theater where La Pasión de Olesa is represented is, in addition, an imposing building that hides one of the biggest stages in Europe and has capacity for almost 1,500 people. If you wish, you can visit the representation finished.

The music of La Pasión de Olesa is the work of the composer Josep Maria Roma. The version that is felt during the show was performed and recorded in 1997 by the Symphony Orchestra of Vallès and Cor Madrigal, directed by Salvador Brotons.

The Passion of Cervera

The Passion of Cervera goes back to the year 1477 and is the only passion in the world that preserves a 1534 text in full format and written in ancient medieval Catalan. Given the historical and social importance, in 1969, the representations of La Pasión de Cervera were declared of public interest.

r30_cervera The success has been constant since then and, despite the fact that the text remains the same, the staging has undergone innumerable improvements: The artistic direction has professionalized, two lateral stages have been incorporated in the Gran Teatro de La Pasión that offer a vision spectacular with the total 40 meters of stage mouth.

Recently, special effects have also been introduced so that the spectator can enjoy a complete show in every way. All this and the collaboration of 300 people on the stage configure an agile and modern show, offering a spectacular and realistic view of the traditional representations of La Pasión de Cervera.

Verges, the Dansa de la Mort

In Verges (municipality of Baix Empordà), unlike the passion of Esparreguera. Only the ancient mysteries (passion) are represented on Thursday Danto. Although there is also the procession of the children on Holy Saturday, which is the same but for children.

Throughout the day of Thursday the citizens of Verges stage the life of Jesus Christ.

r30_mort This work, like the passion of Esparreguera, is divided into two parts; The first representation takes place in the main square of the town and only those who have bought an entrance have access to it. And the second takes place when this first representation ends and everyone moves to the church, where later, the procession will begin and the work will be developed in different corners of the town.

Of this second part highlights the stage of the Dansa de la Mort (dance of death). In fact, it is the relic and the most important element of this tradition / festivity since it is the only dance of this kind that has been preserved in Catalonia.

The Dansa de la Mort is made up of ten people who communicate the message to those who attend the performance; five of them perform a choreography to the beat of the drums and are dressed in skeletons and the rest take care of the setting and wear black tunics.

It should be added that the Dansa de la Mort and, therefore, the procession of Verges fulfills very different characteristics to the passion of Esparreguera. Although the content is the same, it retains a more traditional structure.

It is said that the procession of Verges could date from the year 1347.

It was also declared a traditional festival of national interest in 1983.

The symbolism of the elements of the Dansa de la Mort

The Dansa de la Mort to the Passió de Verges

The dancers of the Dansa de la Mort carry instruments that are full of symbolism.

It has dishes with ashes that represent corruption and the disappearance of bodies, a clock that makes us reflect on the hour of death and the transience of life, a flag that represents the power of death and that nobody has an escape and finally, a scythe that collects the fruit of life when it has ended. All these elements want to transmit several messages.

One is that death always arrives and we have to be prepared, therefore, we have to be aware that pleasures are not eternal. And another meaning is that death does not differentiate ages, it is an equalizing power. We can die children, young or old.

Other Catalan Passions

Also, in other municipalities of Catalonia the Passion is staged.

Where to sleep

Can Gat Vell

Saus, Camallera i Llampaies (a 11.4 Km)

Medieval farmhouses restored and converted into six different catering apartments. From 2-35…

Read more

Vilar Rural de Sant Hilari Sacalm

Sant Hilari Sacalm (a 1.2 Km)

Ideal to enjoy with family. Located in a natural setting, just outside…

Read more

Monestir de Sant Salvi

Santa Coloma de Farners (a 5.3 Km)

The Monastery of San Salvi, is a Franciscan convent dating from 1282…

Read more

Càmping La Balma

Espinelves (a 7.5 Km)

Balma is a family campsite, with a majority of customers made up…

Read more

La Terrasseta de Púbol

La Pera (a 7.6 Km)

La Terrasseta de Púbol is a Bed and Breakfast located in La…

Read more

Can Dispès

Viladamat (a 8.2 Km)

In Can Dispès you will feel taken care of, relaxed and immersed…

Read more

Hotel Molí del Mig

Torroella de Montgrí - L'Estartit (a 8.3 Km)

We are an old mill of the 15th century restored by the…

Read more

Hostal del Coll

Susqueda (a 8.9 Km)

A new space to share. Next to the Sanctuary of Coll, in…

Read more

Where to eat

Restaurant l'Horta

Bellcaire d'Empordà (a 4.2 Km)

A la Huerta de Bellcaire we offer a homemade cuisine, prepared with…

Read more

Hotel Don Cándido i Restaurant Mun

Terrassa (a 9.5 Km)

Hotel of reference of the province of Barcelona. Renovated in 2017, coinciding…

Read more

Restaurant El Bendito

Terrassa (a 11.2 Km)

In the Restaurante el Bendito you will find the best grilled suckling…

Read more

Restaurant la Sala de Farners

Santa Coloma de Farners (a 12 Km)

-xurrasco Specialties such as meat, steak and lamb, among others, grilled and…

Read more

Restaurant Pirineus

Celrà (a 13.9 Km)

We have a didactic and cheerful kitchen at the same time that…

Read more

Cal Pau Xic

Subirats (a 15 Km)

A restaurant lifetime. Catalan cuisine, home like before. Our goal is to…

Read more

Restaurant La Calèndula

Regencós (a 15.9 Km)

La Calèndula Restaurant is located in the old theater of the medieval…

Read more

Restaurant 4 Esquinas (Cal Tino)

El Pont de Vilomara i Rocafort (a 17.4 Km)

Ideal to enjoy the best of the cuisine, where quality, value and…

Read more

What to do

Associació del Via Crucis Vivent

Sant Hilari Sacalm

For more than three centuries, Sant Hilari Sacalm celebrates its living Via…

Read more

La Passió de Vilalba dels Arcs

Vilalba dels Arcs (a 58.2 Km)

The Passion of Vilalba brings us closer to the social and cultural…

Read more

Cooperativa La Galera

La Galera (a 9.3 Km)

We offer visits throughout the winter where we teach the whole process…

Read more

La Passió d'Olesa de Montserrat

Olesa de Montserrat

The Passion of Olesa is more than theater. It is an experience…

Read more

La Passió d'Esparreguera

Esparreguera

Esparraquera's passion is a show with a dramatic and technical complexity, it…

Read more

La Passió d’Ulldecona

Ulldecona

Representation of the Passion to the population of Ulldecona for more than…

Read more

Barcelona és molt més

Abrera

Discovers that Barcelona is much more! Near Barcelona have a world of…

Read more

Turisme Baix Llobregat

Abrera

The Tourism Consortium means a great opportunity to improve the quality of…

Read more

Deals

Concert of the Escolanía de Montserrat in La Pasión de Olesa

Read more

18.00 €

Guided tour of Gelida Castle

Read more

Modernist route of Gelida

Read more

3.00 €

Family visit in Caves Vilarnau

Read more

15.00 €

Visit spirit Vilarnau

Read more

15.00 €

Events

Visit Los Güell on the Rambla. Four connected palaces

17/11/2019 ...

Read more

San Martirià Fair in Banyoles

15/11/2019 - 17/11/2019

Read more

Fira't del Espelta in Mollet del Vallés

17/11/2019

Read more

CIUDEB + Breakfast + Guided Tour of Ciarga + Lunch

17/11/2019 ...

Read more

Subscribe to our newsletters!

You will receive our monthly newsletter with new routes, promotions, sweepstakes, etc.. on your email!