The Lingering Now Our Odyssey II

O Agora que Demora

Based on Homer

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Christiane Jatahy

Rio de Janeiro - Brussels / Created in 2019

The modern odysseys of exiles, forced by pain not to remember their past and prevented by their trials from thinking about tomorrow.

The Lingering Now
Our Odyssey II © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


“I went looking for actual Ulysses, who could talk about their lives in exile, echoing the adventures and emotions experienced by Homer's Ulysses.” Through the prism of her camera, Christiane Jatahy wants to tell the story of modern exiles, forced by pain not to remember their past and prevented by their trials from thinking about tomorrow. Led from Palestine to Lebanon and from Greece to South Africa by a 3,000-year-old fiction, the Brazilian director wanted to end her journey in the Amazon rainforest, to film a land scarred by political struggle and environmental violence. In O Agora que Demora, the second part of a work she began with Ithaca (Our Odyssey 1), the audience is immersed in the fiction. Halfway between theatre and cinema, the show invites the audience, without their realising it, to weave the threads of the present, the threads of the world.

A dramatist with a degree in philosophy as well as a filmmaker and director, Christiane Jatahy grew up in Rio. Halfway between the stage and the image, her shows are like machines which explore the relationship between the actor and the audience, the border between fiction and documentary. She created Julia (adapted from Strindberg) in 2011, What if they went to Moscow?, a sequel to Chekhov's Three Sisters, in 2014, and The Walking Forest (based on Shakespeare's Macbeth) in 2015. In 2017, she adapted Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game at the Comédie-Française. The diptych Our Odyssey began in 2018 with Ithaca. The Lingering Now - Our Odyssey II is her first creation at the Festival d'Avignon. 


With Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, Manuela Afonso, Abed Aidy, Omar Al Sbaai, Abbas Abdulelah Al'Shukra, Maroine Amimi, Vitor Araújo, Bepkapoy, Marie-Aurore D'Awans, Emilie Franco, Joseph Gaylard, Noji Gaylard, Renata Hardy, Ramyar Hussaini, Iketi Kayapó, Irengri Kayapó, Ojo Kayapó, Laerte Késsimos, Kroti, Yara Ktaish, Pitchou Lambo, Abdul Lanjesi, Melina Martin, Jovial Mbenga, Nambulelo Meolongwara, Linda Michael Mkhwanasi, Mbali Ncube, Pravinah Nehwati, Adnan Ibrahim Nghnghia, Maria Laura Nogueira, Jehad Obeid, Ranin Odeh, Blessing Opoko, Phana, Pykatire, Corina Sabbas, Leon David Salazar, Mustafa Sheta, Frank Sithole, Fepa Teixeira, Ivan Tirtiaux, Ahmed Tobasi

Direction, film direction, dramaturgy Christiane Jatahy
Artistic collaboration artistique, stage design, lights Thomas Walgrave
Collaboration Henrique Mariano
Photography Paulo Camacho
Sound Alex Fostier
Music Vitor Araújo, Domenico Lancellotti


Production Théâtre national Wallonie-Bruxelles, SESC São Paulo
Comédie de Genève, Ruhrtriennale (Allemagne), Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Lisbonne), Riksteatern (Suède), Festival d'Avignon, Le Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Festival Temporada Alta (Espagne)
With the support of
The Freedom Theatre (Palestine), Outreach Foundation (Afrique du Sud)
With the help of
ateliers du Théâtre national Wallonie-Bruxelles for the stage set construction
In partnership with
France Médias Monde

Christiane Jatahy is associate artist at Centquatre-Paris/France, Odéon- Théâtre de l'Europe/France, and the Schauspielhaus Zürich/Suisse

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