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The Lingering Now, Our Odyssey II

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.



Premiere in Brazil in June 2019
European premiere in July 2019

Contact details: 
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Touring - Matthieu Defour
Production - Juliette Thieme

Availability on demand


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

Currently, Christiane Jatahy is an associate artist of the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Centquatre-Paris, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Arts Emerson Boston and Piccolo Teatro de Milano. The company Vertice is sponsored by Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Île-de-France, Ministère de la Culture France.

In January 2022, she wan from Venice Biennale the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

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

"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

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