Brazilian cinematographer and director, Christiane Jatahy made a strong impression with What if They Went to Moscow?, an exceptional adaptation of Chekov’s Three Sisters.

Devastated by the migrant crisis which has shaken the world and the resurgence of nationalism which feeds off of it, Christiane Jatahy has based her current production on this burning topic. She situates it in the world of Homer’s Odyssey. A new work in two parts: Ithaca, part of the 18/19 season at the Théâtre National, brought us back to Odysseus’ tribulations. Shipwrecked on Calypso’s island, Odysseus dreams of getting home. This irrepressible need to return to one’s origins is felt by many people, tossed onto the road in the hope of better days.

In Le Présent qui déborde, Christiane Jatahy shows us the travels of real contemporary Odysseus. Men and women who bear witness to exile, resonating with the emotions of Homer’s Odysseus. From Palestine to Lebanon, passing through Greece, South Africa and Brazil, she met with these “suspended” lives in refugee camps. Pain forbids memory. The hardships will continue tomorrow, will continue in the future. Thus their lives are uniquely in the present tense.

Between theatre and film, Le Présent qui déborde plunges the spectators into the story. They are invited, without realizing it, to weave the threads of today, the threads of the world.


Find the press review here.



  • Premiere
    02.05.2019 - SESC, São Paulo

    European premiere
    05.07.2019 - Festival d’Avignon


    Christiane Jatahy

    Based on
    L’Odyssée d’Homère

    Abbas Abdulelah Al’Shukra
    Abdul Lanjesi
    Abed Aidy
    Adnan Ibrahim Nghnghia
    Ahmed Tobasi
    Blessing Opoko
    Corina Sabbas
    Emilie Franco
    Faisal Abu Alhayjaa
    Fepa Teixeira
    Frank Sithole
    Iketi Kayapó
    Irengri Kayapó
    Ivan Tirtiaux
    Jehad Obeid
    Joseph Gaylard
    Jovial Mbenga
    Laerte Késsimos
    Leon David Salazar
    Linda Michael Mkhwanasi
    Manuela Afonso
    Maria Laura Nogueira
    Maroine Amimi
    Mbali Ncube
    Melina Martin
    Mustafa Sheta
    Nambulelo Meolongwara
    Noji Gaylard
    Ojo Kayapó
    Omar Al Jbaai

    Pitchou Lambo
    Pravinah Nehwati
    Ramyar Hussaini
    Ranin Odeh
    Renata Hardy
    Vitor Araújo
    Yara Ktaish
    Marie-Aurore d’Awans 
    Banafshe Hourmazdi

    Staging, direction and dramaturgy
    Christiane Jatahy

    Artistic, set design and lighting management
    Thomas Walgrave

    Director of photography
    Paulo Camacho

    Domenico Lancelotti
    Vitor Araujo

    Sound design
    Alex Fostier

    Company collaboration and coordination
    Henrique Mariano

    Production and touring
    Daphné Seale
    Juliette Thieme

    Staging (movie) Christiane Jatahy, Paulo Camacho

    Cameraman (movie) Paulo Camacho

    Second camera (movie) Thomas Walgrave

    Mixage (movie) Breno Furtado, Pedro Vituri

  • Stage manager Benoît Ausloos

    Video direction Matthieu Bourdon
    Alternating with Julio Parente

    Light operator Juan Borrego

    Sound operator David Defour 
    Alternating with Jeison Pardo Rojas

    And all Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles' team


    Local production – Jénine
    The Freedom Theatre – Ahmed Tobasi, Mustafa Sheta
    Sound operator
    Issa J Qumsyeh

    Sound operator – Beyrouth / Vallée de la Vallée de la Beqaa
    Nour Salman
    Lokal translator
    Hiba Hussein

    Local production – Athènes
    Daphné Tolis
    Sound operator
    Emmanuil Manousakis

    South Africa
    Local production – Johannesburg
    Outreach Foundation – Linda Michael Mkhwanasi, Malvin Phana Dube, Gérard Bester
    Sound operator
    Paul Van Zyl

    Local production – Amazonie
    Rafael Cabral, Clara Aruac
    Sound operator
    Breno Furtado


    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, SESC São Paulo

    Ruhrtriennale (Allemagne), Comédie de Genève (Suisse), Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (France), Teatro Municipal São Luiz (Portugal), Festival d’Avignon (France), Le Maillon-Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne (France), Riksteatern (Suède), Temporada Alta – Festival de Tardor de Catalunya (Espagne).

    Sets construction and costumes
    Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


    Christiane Jatahy is an international associate artist in Centquatre-Paris/France, at the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe and the Schauspielhaus Zürich (Zwitserland).


    With the support of
    The Freedom Theatre (Palestine), Outreach Foundation (South Africa)

    With the international support of

    Ambassade du Brésil en France, Ambassade de France au Brésil, Bureau de représentation du Brésil à Ramallah, Ambassade du Brésil au Liban, Ambassade du Brésil en Grèce, Ambassade de Belgique au Liban


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