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.
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