ACCIONA PRODUCCIONES Y DISEÑO was entrusted with the design, production and execution of the Solemn Seasonal Mass for the 50th anniversary of the Canonical Coronation of the Virgin Macarena, culminating the events for the Jubilee Year.
More than 13,000 people attended the Seasonal Mass for the 50th anniversary of the Canonical Coronation of Maria Santisima de la Esperanza Macarena, celebrated on Saturday the 31st of May in the Plaza de España in Seville. ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño was the company chosen by the Brotherhood for the design and execution of the ceremony which was a crowning moment for Macarena Jubilee Year.
APD’s proposal highlighted the sacred value of one of most important emblematic figures in the history of the city through the creation of scenography that perfectly integrated with the Regionalist architecture of the setting and that recaptured the iconological essence of the Columnata Vaticana. In this way, taking up again the concept that “the Church of Christ that opens its arms to all of Christianity” of Gianlorenzo Bernini, the altar was projected as the large arms of the Macarena opening towards her faithful by means of two enormous lateral platforms measuring 30m long at a 9% incline.
The stage, placed in front of the façade of the General Captaincy in the Plaza de España, had a surface area of 1,200m2 and was composed on three levels. The central part was to hold the canopy with la Virgen de la Esperanza, and the lateral areas, for 250 priests, a choral symphony, a children’s chorus and an orchestra, totaling 380 members. The total surface area of the ceremony, measuring 15,200m2, had room for 9,000 seated and 4,200 standing spectators.
This major liturgical event was enriched, moreover, with an infinite number of significant details that heightened the royal character of the dedication to Marianism such as the large burgundy velvet drapes covering the back arcades of the Captaincy or the blocks of French gardening that reproduced fretwork and the undulation of the surface in the square.