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Christiane Jatahy - The Lingering Now

Length / Year:120’, 2019, Italian premiere
By:Christiane Jatahy
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, Ivan Tirtiaux, Jehad Obeid, Joseph Gaylard, Jovial Mbenga, Kroti, Laerte Késsimos, Leon David Salazar, Linda Michael Mkhwanasi, 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 Araujo
Cameras:Paulo Camacho, Thomas Walgrave
Sound design:Alex Fostier
Mixing (film):Breno Furtado, Pedro Vituri
Stage manager and 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):Christiane Jatahy, Paulo Camacho
Production and touring:Juliette Thieme, Matthieu Defour
Production:Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, SESC São Paulo
Co-production:Ruhrtriennale, Comédie de Genève, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, Teatro Municipal São Luiz, Festival d’Avignon, Le Maillon-Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Riksteatern, Temporada Alta
With the support of:The Freedom Theatre (Palestine), Outreach Foundation (South Africa)
With 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


The Lingering Now is not a play. To paraphrase the opening of What if They Went to Moscow?, it’s maybe a movie and maybe it isn’t. It’s maybe a play but it starts like a movie. The heart of the piece is cinematic. But it’s through the film that we get on stage, so it is also an odyssey that leads us to theatre. There are innumerable odysseys themselves made up of other odysseys. We went to certain places in the world to film people living their own odysseys, not to produce a documentary, but rather to offer them a fiction through which they could recount what they are experiencing. A play built from the Odyssey with passages from the original but which respects my language and where reality and fiction are constantly combining with each other. We filmed in Palestine, Libya, Greece, South Africa, and Amazon. A sort of relay race between many Odysseus – men and women. The story goes from one place to another, a single journey with multiple actors in a virtual space. Even if they don’t meet each other, the story continues and numerous facets of the work are multiplied in the film and on the stage to eventually touch us in our hearts.

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