Between dusk and dawn

based on Lars von Trier

  • Theatre
  • Show
The 2021 archive

Christiane Jatahy

Rio - Geneva / Created in 2021

Fleeing her country’s violence, a woman finds refuge with a community trying to recreate the film Dogville. Between cinema and theatre, Brazilian artist Christiane Jatahy explores the mechanisms of fascism.

Between dusk and dawn, Christiane Jatahy, 2021 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


Trying to escape the oppression of a regime falling into fascism, Graça leaves. She finds refuge in a theatre as a group of comedians are about to try experimenting around Lars von Trier’s film Dogville and the idea of welcoming a stranger. Will she be accepted differently by this artistic community? Will she manage to escape the modes of exploitation individuals inflict on others in a capitalist society? Once again drawing connections between cinema and theatre, Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy offers a troubling game full of twists, motivated by the ambiguities of the characters and the disturbing presence of screens and cameras on the stage, operating a shift in the perspectives of the Danish original. Holding up a mirror to our desires and our capacity for hospitality, Christiane Jatahy continues her exploration of the central issues of our time, in keeping with The Overflowing Present, which she presented at the Festival d’Avignon in 2019.

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier decided to do away with any idea of realism for his 2003 film Dogville, drawing lines on the ground to turn the space into sets and shooting most of the film handheld. By giving a theatrical dimension to this film shot in a studio, he turned the village of Dogville into a place of exploitation and abuse for a woman on the run.

Freely adapted from Lars von Trier's Dogville.


With Véronique Alain, Julia Bernat, Élodie Bordas, Paulo Camacho, Azelyne Cartigny, Philippe Duclos, Vincent Fontannaz, Viviane Pavillon, Matthieu Sampeur, Valerio Scamuffa

Adaptation, direction and film making Christiane Jatahy
Artistic collaboration, stage design and lights Thomas Walgrave
Direction of photography Paulo Camacho
Music Vitor Araujo
Costumes Anna Van Brée
Video Julio Parente, Charlélie Chauvel
Sound Jean Keraudren
Collaboration and assistance Henrique Mariano
Assistant direction Stella Rabello
Translation in english for the surtitles Panthéa

With the participation Harry Blattler Bordas
Thanks Martine Bornoz, Adèle Lista, Arthur Lista


Production Comédie de Genève
Co-production Odéon Théâtre de l'Europe (Paris), Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d’Europa, Théâtre National de Bretagne - Rennes, Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg scène européenne
With the support of Pro Helvetia Swiss Foundation for Culture

Lars von Trier is represented in French-speaking Europe by Marie Cécile Renauld, MCR Agence Littéraire, in agreement with Nordiska ApS.
Christiane Jatahy is an associate artist at the Odéon Théâtre de l'Europe (Paris), the Centquatre Paris and the Schauspielhaus Zürich, the ArtsEmerson - Boston and the Piccolo Teatro di Milano.

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Press conference - 6 July

  • Press conference
With Christiane Jatahy, Grégoire Korganow, Joanne Leighton, Agnès Troly and Angélica Liddell

The 2021 archive