Seek behind the screen for contemporary odysseys

08 - 12 dec 2021 | Salle Modulable | Durée : 2h30

Le présent qui déborde (O agora que demora - Notre Odyssée II)

Christiane Jatahy

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Based on Homer’s Odyssey
Multilingual, surtitled in French and English


Le présent qui déborde is an odyssey, the odyssey of these women, men and children who cross borders in search of a safe place where they might survive and start their life over again. Christiane Jatahy went to film them on their route, in transit points and refugee camps in Palestine, Greece, Lebanon, South Africa, and Amazonia. She then turned these images into a film that would become a play, or rather a play that would become a film. At the crossroads of theatre and cinema, fiction and documentary, past and present.

“Because her dramatic vocabulary is always finely balanced between reality and fiction, Christiane Jatahy, whose striking What if They Went to Moscow featured in last season’s programme, creates her very own universe. Because the audience at La Comédie applauded her Chekhovian-Brazilian opus so much, we wanted to enjoy this unique artist’s passion and strength again.” NKDM


This show, surtitled in French and English, is recommended for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Infos pratiques

Duration: approx. 2h30
Rates: from CHF 10 to CHF 40
Recommended age: 14+

In addition:
– Appetisers: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday, 30 min before the beginning of the show
– Bord plateau:  Thu 19 Mar, after the show
 Saturday at any price: 21 Mar 18:00
Available only at the ticket office on the day of the performance from 12:00. Unnumbered seats.
– Brunch-discussion : Sat 21 Mar 11:00


Featuring: Abbas Abdulelah Al’Shukra, Abdul Lanjesi, Abed Aidy, Adnan Ibrahim Nghnghia, Ahmed  Tobasi, Bepkapoy, Blessing Opoko, Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, Frank Sithole, Iketi Kayapó, Irengri Kayapó, Jehad Obeid, Joseph Gaylard, Kroti, Linda Michael Mkhwanasi, Mbali Ncube, Mustafa Sheta,  Nambulelo Meolongwara, Noji Gaylard, Ojo Kayapó, Omar Al Sbaai, Phana, Pravinah Nehwati,  Pykatire, Ramyar Hussaini, Ranin Odeh, Yara Ktaishe, Ivan Tirtiaux, Jovial Mbenga, Melina Martin, Leon David Salazar, Maroine Amimi, Nadège Meden, Vitor Araujo (casting in progress) 

Concept,  staging & filmmaking: Christiane Jatahy 

Artistic advisor,  scenography & lighting: Thomas Walgrave 

Lead photographer: Paulo Camacho 

Sound design: Alex Fostier 

Music: Domenico Lancelotti, Vitor Araujo 

Collaboration & Coordination: Henrique Mariano 

Set design & costumes: Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles 

Production: Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles ; SESC São Paulo 

Coproduction: Ruhrtriennale; Comédie de Genève; Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe; Teatro Nacional São Luiz – Lisbon; Festival d’Avignon; Le Maillon-Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne; Riksteatern; Temporada Alta 

Sponsors: The Freedom Theatre (Palestine); Outreach Foundation (South Africa) 

Christiane Jatahy is an international associate artist with CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Odéon- Théâtre de l’Europe and Schauspielhaus Zürich