IDFA on Stage: THE LINGERING NOW, Our Odyssey II


IDFA on Stage: THE LINGERING NOW, Our Odyssey II

Théâtre national Wallonie-Bruxelles, SESC São Paulo | Christiane Jatahy


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IDFA on Stage: THE LINGERING NOW, Our Odyssey II
Théâtre national Wallonie-Bruxelles, SESC São Paulo | Christiane Jatahy

Brazilian writer, theatre-maker and filmmaker Christiane Jatahy takes Homer's famous epic The Odyssey as the starting point for this performance, in search of our own Odyssey. Are we in the theatre, a cinema or a concert? As part of IDFA on Stage, we present the Dutch premiere of THE LINGERING NOW, Our Odyssey II.

Festival IDFA

Run time 120 minutes
Genre theatre
Language Arab, Kurdish, Greek, English, Isizulu, French, Portugese, Kayapó
Surtitles Dutch, English

Dutch premiere Tue 14 November


Created at the Festival d’Avignon 2019, THE LINGERING NOW, Our Odyssey II (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), THE LINGERING NOW, Our Odyssey II 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.

© Christophe Raynaud de Lage
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage


with Abbas Abdulelah Al’Shukra, Abdul Lanjesi, Abed Aidy, Adnan Ibrahim Nghnghia, Ahmed Tobasi, Banafshe Hourmazdi, 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, 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, Phana, Pitchou Lambo, Pravinah Nehwati, Pykatire, 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
music Domenico Lancelotti, Vitor Araújo
sound design Alex Fostier
company collaboration and coordination Henrique Mariano
movie / editing Christiane Jatahy, Paulo Camacho
camera Paulo Camacho
second camera Thomas Walgrave
mixing 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

production Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgique), SESC (Brésil)
co-production 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 won the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale.

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

About IDFA

IDFA strives to strengthen the international documentary climate by focusing more than ever on documentary film as an art form. This focus includes documentary films with an original visual language or structure, films that show lesser-known cultures or are filmed from a non-Western perspective, and interactive or immersive documentaries that innovate the field.


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