Today is Holy Wednesday, the middle of the Holy Week, and the Divine Passion reaches its dramatic peak. During the evening of Holy Wednesday, the Vesper of Holy Thursday is chanted with a central theme the feet ablution of the Apostles by Jesus Christ, the Last Supper, the Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Betrayal by Judas.
On Holy Monday, through a variety of theatre games and activities, we ritually celebrated the Easter Holy Days in our Theatre Games Workshop. Our “Last Supper” and “Resurrection” took place. Each participant had to bring with him/her something that symbolizes for him/her the Easter Holy Days, such as an object, a text, a taste, a smell, a flower, a song, etc. After forming a cycle, each participant had the chance to say whatever he/she wished to share with the others concerning the Easter Holy Days, him/herself or the group. Then, we raised a discussion on what all these objects represent for us, and influenced by all those stimuli, continued interpreting the word “Passion“.
WHAT IS ACTUALLY PASSION?
Passion, such a small word but with such a big meaning, coexists with Life and Death. Passion, derived from the Latin verb patere meaning to suffer, is a very strong feeling, an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm, a powerful desire, an unusual excitement, an extravagant fondness, or an enormous affinity, for a person or something. As Denis Diderot put it “penchants, inclinations, desires and aversions carried to a certain degree of intensity, combined with an indistinct sensation of pleasure or pain, occasioned or accompanied by some irregular movement of the blood and animal spirits, are what we call passions. This inclination or so-called disposition of the soul, is born of the opinion we hold that a great good or a great evil is contained in an object which in and of itself arouses passion.” Afterwards, he separates the guiding principles of passion, pleasure and pain, into four major categories:
- Pleasures and pains of the senses
- Pleasures of the mind or of the imagination
- Our perfection or our imperfection of virtues or vices
- Pleasures and pains in the happiness or misfortunes of others
We concluded that because of Passion, the human doubts, questions, contests, disputes, endures, tolerates, pains, suffers, resists, withstands, flirts, falls in love, loves, hopes, expects, desires, feels, trusts, dreams, believes, has faith and…creates Art.
I would really like to hear your insights on that topic! What is Passion for you?