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Christiane Jatahy
O Agora Que Demora - Nossa Odisseia II, Christiane Jatahy
Past event
Dates and Schedules

17 – 21 June
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 21h; Thursday, 20h; Sunday, 17h30


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra

Age Restriction

Age rate pending


Brazilian stage and film director Christiane Jatahy debuted her project Nossa Odisseia with the show Ítaca, which premiered in Portugal at Teatro São Luiz in 2017. O Agora Que Demora is the second part of this diptych around Homer’s epic. What can a three-thousand-year-old fiction tell us about the world we live in in this first half of the 21st century? What is the connection between this story and the current movements of people crossing borders in search of a safe land, of a home? Or other people who, even when marginalized by the authorities, continue to defend their homes against all kinds of invaders?
Christiane Jatahy, who has exposed the lines of tension between cinema and theatre and their respective links with the past and the present, and has destroyed the boundaries between fiction and reality, challenging the viewers’ position within these new connections, goes even further in O Agora Que Demora. Going beyond investigating how cinema can broaden our theatrical experience, dramaturgically and formally, Jatahy reverses the roles between the two media. O Agora Que Demora is a movie that reaches its full dimension when it dialogues with the theatre . The film was directed in Jenin, Palestine; in a refugee camp in Lebanon and in Greece; in the center of the cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg; and in an indigenous community in the Amazon Rainforest, which struggles to defend its homeland and its integrity. Although the filming was done in a documentary context, its purpose is definitely fictional, as the actors in these communities use Homer’s verses to talk about their realities.

In O Agora Que Demora, we embark on a three-thousand-year-old fiction-driven journey, but always with our feet wet with today’s reality’s mud. A movie and a play that transport the audience inside the fiction. A meeting to find gaps in the wall and doors left open, and to ask ourselves: how can we break this cycle of repetition?

Cast and Creative

Creation, Adaptation, Screenplay and Direction Christiane Jatahy Artistic contributor, Lighting and Set Design Thomas Walgrave Director of Photography Paulo Camacho Sound Designer Alex Fostier Original score Domenico Lancelotti and Vitor Araújo Coordination and Collaboration Henrique Mariano Participants Abbas Abdulelah Al’Shukra, Abdul Lanjesi, Abed Aidy, Adnan Ibrahim Nghnghia, Ahmed Tobasi, Bepkapoy, Blessing Opoko, Corina Sabbas, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, Fepa Teixeira , Frank Sithole, Iketi Kayapó, Irengri Kayapó, Ivan Tirtiaux, Jehad Obeid, Joseph Gaylard, Kroti, Laerte Késsimos, Leon David Salazar, Jovial Mbenga, Linda Michael Mkhwanasi, Manuela Afonso, Maria Laura Nogueira, Maroine Amimi, Mbali Ncube, Melina Martin, Mustafa Sheta, Nambulelo Meolongwara, Noji Gaylard, Ojo Kayapó, Omar Al Jbaai, Malvin Phana Dube, Pitchou Lambo, Pravinah Nehwati, Pykatire, Ramyar Hussaini, Ranin Odeh, Renata Hardy, Vitor Araújo e Yara Ktaish Film editing Paulo Camacho and Christiane Jatahy Movie camera Paulo Camacho Movie second camera Thomas Walgrave Movie sound editing Breno Furtado and Pedro Vituri Palestine - Local Production Jenin The Freedom Theatre – Ahmed Tobasi and Mustafa Sheta Sound Issa J Qumsyeh Lebanon - Beirut / Beqaa Valley Sound Nour Salman Local Translator Hiba Hussein Greece - Local Production Athens Daphne Tolis Sound Emmanuil Manousakis South Africa - Local Production Johannesburg Outreach Foundation – Linda Michael Mkhwanasi, Malvin Phana Dube and Gerard Bester Sound Paul van Zyl Brazil - Local production Amazon Rafael Cabral and Clara Aruac Sound Breno Furtado Translation of the adaptation of the Portuguese text to Arabic Shahd Wadi Régie Benoît Ausloos Régie Video Matthieu Bourdon Régie lighting Juan Borrego Régie Sound Jeison Pardo Rojas Production and distribution Valérie Martino, Charlotte Jacques, Juliette Thieme, Daphné Seale, Emilie Jimenez Y Fernandez, Ines Mayol Hernandez Support The Freedom Theatre (Palestine) and Outreach Foundation (South Africa) Institutional Support Embaixada do Brasil na França, Embaixada da França no Brasil, Escritório de Representação do Brasil em Ramala, Embaixada do Brasil no Líbano, Embaixada do Brasil na Grécia and Embaixada da Bélgica no Líbano Production Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, SESC São Paulo Co-production Ruhrtriennale (Germany), Comédie de Genève (Switzerland), Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe (France), Festival d’Avignon (France), Le Maillon-Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène Européenne (France), Riksteatern (Sweden) and São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Portugal) Christiane Jatahy is an associate artist at Centquatre-Paris / France, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe / France and Schauspielhaus Zürich / Suisse


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