Good Friday, Sezze Romano, central Italy. March 2016
On Good Friday in Sezze Romano, a small town in the Lazio Region, central Italy, a commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Chris takes place every year. More than 700 inhabitants between actors and extras, roam the town’s road, reenacting scenes from the Bible’s Old and New Testament. This so called “Sacra Rappresentazione della Passione di Sezze” has its origin in the Middle Ages but it was in 1933 that the tradition was institutionalized obtaining nationwide acknowledgment. During the years the “passione” and the spiritual original approach of the inhabitants that use to take part in the event evolved into ephemeral provincial dreams of notoriety and appearance. The spotlights and the microphones took away from the magic of the alleys penumbra thus drying out the “Sacra Rappresentazione” of its original fascination. Everything changes in time, but some changes are natural while others are driven. Today only a few parts of the overall play still give me some emotions and between these, more than any other is the Confraternities parade.