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O Agora Que Demora (The Lingering Now)

By Christiane Jatahy
Patricia Cividanes
Past event
Dates and Schedules

14 to 18 September
Wednesday to Saturday, 20h; Sunday, 17h30


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra




€12 to €15 with discounts

Age Restriction



O Agora que Demora (The Lingering Now) is the second panel of a dyptic called Our Odyssey by brazilian theater and film maker Christiane Jatahy dealing with these questions, starting from Homer’s epic. It deepens the development of a language that has earned Jatahy a place on the forefront of contemporary theater worldwide : exposing the tension lines between film and theater and their respective connections to past and present ; undermining the border walls between fiction and real ; challenging the position of the spectators within these new connections.
The Lingering Now takes Jatahy’s research to a new level, beyond exploring how cinema can add to our theatrical experience, dramaturgically and formally. It reverses the roles between both media. The Lingering Now is a film that only reaches its full dimension in a dialogue with theater. A film, shot in Jenin, Palestine ; in refugee camps in Lebanon and Greece ; in the African cosmopolis of the inner city of Johannesburg ; in an indigenous community struggling to defend its homeland and its integrity in the Amazon rainforest ; and in Rio De Janeiro. The context of these film shootings may be documentary, but the scope is definitely fictional : actors from these communities arm themselves with the verses of Homer to speak about their realities. They become a succession, a multiplication, a manifestation of Odysseuses, Penelopes and Telemachuses, drawing straight lines from the ancient greek characters to us present in the theater. Each of us, spectators and performers, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, with a present, a recent history or a near future, of journeys and transformations in order to secure home, branded into our genetics.
In The Lingering Now we embark on a journey, guided by a 3000 years old fiction, but always with the mud of the now and the real sticking to our shoes. A film, a play, that positions the audience
inside the fiction. An encounter trying to discover the cracks in the wall, the backdoors left open, raising the question : how can we break the cycle ?



Cast and Creative

Based on Homer’s Odyssey With Abbas Abdulelah Al’Shukra, Abdul Lanjesi, Abed Aidy, Adnan Ibrahim Nghnghia, Ahmed Tobasi, Bepkapoy, 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, Kroti, Laerte Késsimos, Leon David Salazar, Linda Michael Mkhwanasi, Marie-Aurore d’Awans, Maroine Amimi, Mbali Ncube, Melina Martin, Mustafa Sheta, Nadège Meden, Nambulelo Meolongwara, Noji Gaylard, Ojo Kayapó, Omar Al Sbaai, Phana, Pitchou Lambo, Pravinah Nehwati, Pykatire, Ramyar Hussaini, Ranin Odeh, Renata Hardy, Vitor Araújo, Yara Ktaish Concept, staging, direction (film) Christiane Jatahy Artistic collaborator, set design, lighting Thomas Walgrave Director of photography Paulo Camacho Music Domenico Lancelotti, Vitor Araújo Cameras Paulo Camacho, Thomas Walgrave Sound design Alex Fostier Mixing (film) Breno Furtado, Pedro Vituri Stage manager & video operator Stefano Serra Stage operator Dimitri Wauters Light operators Isabel Scheck, Juan Borrego Sound operators David Defour, Jeison Pardo Rojas Company collaboration and coordination Henrique Mariano Editing (film) Paulo Camacho e Christiane Jatahy Production and touring Juliette Thieme, Matthieu Defour Production Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (Bélgica), SESC São Paulo (Brasil) 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), Temporada Alta – Festival de Tardor de Catalunya (Spain) e São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Portugal) With the support of The Freedom Theatre (Palestine), Outreach Foundation (South Africa) With the international support from Embassy of Brazil in France, Embassy of France in Brazil, Consulate of Brazil in Ramallah, Embassy of Brazil in Lebanon, Embassy of Brazil in Greece, Embassy of Belgium in Lebanon ///

Christiane Jatahy is an international associate artist of: Odéon – Théâtre de l’Europe,
the Centquatre-Paris, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Arts Emerson Boston and Piccolo Teatro de Milano. The Compagnie Vértice is supported by Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France, Ministère de la Culture France.


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