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Created at the Festival d’Avignon 2019, O Agora que Demora made a splash, both with the public and the critics. In a singular form that joins theatre and film, Christine Jatahy treats the migratory question with an infinite depth. That which forces millions of individuals to be on the move. That which nationalism traps in refugee camps where life, suspended, elapses. No salvation for these men, these women, these children ripped from their ancestral homes with no promise of any future. A time that stretches endlessly where memories burn the heart, unable to move forward.

The second opus of a diptyque (Ithaque-Notre Odyssé 1 is the first part) O Agora que Demora touches on the distress of the refugees seen through the prism of Homer and his Odyssey. For a year, Christiane Jatahy met with these forced exiles. From Palestine to Lebanon, via Greece, South Africa and Brazil, the Brazilian filmmaker and director collected the testimonies of real, contemporary Odysseus. She gives them a voice in a living space, where the spectator is a participant in the artistic creation.


"Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy’s The Overflowing Present (★★★★★) is in another category altogether, of original, urgent, loving, self-disciplined theatrical genius." Andrew Todd, Thrash-metal EU history, exile tales and François Hollande light up Avignon, dans The Guardian, le 08.08.19

"An exploration of the Le notion “borders”, as a geographical, political, cultural and artistic phenomena, Le Présent qui déborde is a second part of Jatahy’s diptych, Our Odyssey." Yana Meerzon, Capital Critic's Circle, le 08.07.19

"It's a political act, all the visible people in the show are refugees and artists. Today, they are the refugees, but tomorrow it can be me." Christiane Jatahy in Avignon: "Making theater is an act of resistance", dans Tellerreport, le 06.07.19

Read the entire press review related to the performances at Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles


  • With
    Abbas Abdulelah Al’Shukra
    Abdul Lanjesi
    Abed Aidy
    Adnan Ibrahim Nghnghia
    Ahmed Tobasi
    Banafshe Hourmazdi
    Blessing Opoko
    Corina Sabbas
    Emilie Franco
    Faisal Abu Alhayjaa
    Fepa Teixeira
    Frank Sithole
    Iketi Kayapó
    Irengri Kayapó
    Isabel Novella
    Ivan Tirtiaux
    Jehad Obeid
    Joseph Gaylard
    Jovial Mbenga
    Laerte Késsimos
    Leon David Salazar
    Linda Michael Mkhwanasi
    Manuela Afonso
    Maria Laura Nogueira
    Marie-Aurore d’Awans
    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

    Staging, direction (movie) and dramaturgy
    Christiane Jatahy

    Artistic adviser, set design and lighting
    Thomas Walgrave

    Director of photography 
    Paulo Camacho

    Domenico Lancelotti
    Vitor Araújo

    Sound design
    Alex Fostier

  • Company collaboration and coordination
    Henrique Mariano

    Movie / Editing
    Christiane Jatahy
    Paulo Camacho

    Paulo Camacho

    Second camera
    Thomas Walgrave

    Breno Furtado
    Pedro Vituri

    Stage manager and video operator
    Stefano Serra

    Stage operator
    Dimitri Wauters

    Light operator
    Isabel Scheck, alternatively with Juan Borrego

    Sound operator
    David Defour, alternatively with Jeison Pardo Rojas

    Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgique), SESC (Brésil)

    Ruhrtriennale (Allemagne), Comédie de Genève (Suisse), Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, 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 est artiste associée internationale au CENTQUATRE-PARIS (France) à l’Odéon - Théâtre de l’Europe (France) et au Schauspielhaus Zürich (Suisse).

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

    International support
    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