© Paulo Camacho
|Genre / City||Theatre, Cinema / Rio de Janeiro, Brussels|
|Dates||28 April at 19:30, 29 April at 14:30|
|Venue||at Shizuoka Arts Theatre|
|Language||In Multilingual with Japanese and English subtitles|
|Staging, direction and dramaturgy||Christiane JATAHY|
|Production||Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, SESC|
Homer’s “Odyssey” is a Greek epic poem about its hero Odysseus’s tough journey home to the island of Ithaca from fighting in a war at Troy.
In this production, Brazilian theatre and film director Christiane JATAHY, brilliantly mixes live performance and video images to connect Homer’s work with today’s world. Using footage she took in Palestine, Lebanon, Greece, South Africa and the Brazilian Amazon people locked into their own odysseys as others force them to move, she combines their first-hand accounts with them reading related excerpts from the ancient work.
This is JATAHY’s latest work in her own ongoing search for new ways of theatrical expression that transcend the borders of film and theatre, fiction and reality.
The Ancient Greek poet Homer’s “Odyssey” is a long epic poem about its hero King Odysseus’s tough and testing journey home to the island of Ithaca from the Trojan War. During his absence, his wife Penelope runs the palace and protects the royal fortune from people trying to make off with it. Then their son, Telemachus, sets off on a journey led by the goddess Athena in search of his father. So while some people defend their home from invaders, others leave to look for safer lands. For each it is their own fateful journey — just as this play is a contemporary “Odyssey,” a legendary story from 3,000 years ago that reflects life in 2020.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Christiane JATAHY is an author, theater director and filmmaker. She is graduated in theater, in journalism and post graduated in Art and Philosophy. Since 2003, her works are in dialogue with different artistic areas. In theater, she composed some pieces that question the relationship between reality and fiction, actor and character, theater and audiovisual. There were : Studio, The lack that moves us or All stories are fiction and Cut. She also directed the film The lack that moves us, a feature film, continuously shot for 13 hours by three portable cameras. The material was edited and is today a movie that participated in National and International film festivals. It remained for over 12 weeks in the Brazilian movie theaters. The film’s raw material was also shown on 3 movie screens for 13 hours in a film performance at the Parque Lage Art Gallery. In London, she directed the project In the comfort of your home, a documentary / video installation with performances of 30 Brazilian artists in English houses. She is currently on tour with the show Julia, based on Strindberg’s work Miss Julia. Julia is a mix between theater and live cinema. The play / film was presented at the major European theater festivals and was shown at CentQuatre in 2012. This work made her win the Shell Award for Best Direction. In 2013, she developed the audiovisual and documentary installation project Utopia.doc, which was performed in Paris, Frankfurt and São Paulo. In 2014, SESC was the place to release the creation “What if they went to Moscow?” based on Anton CHEKHOV’s The Three Sisters, a simultaneous play and film piece shown in two different spaces. For this work, she won the Shell Award, Questão de Crítica Award and the APTR Brazil Award. “What if they went to Moscow?” is still on the road, traveling in festivals in Europe, in the United States and was on display for 3 weeks at La Colline – Théâtre national. In 2016, in order to end the trilogy that started with Julia, JATAHY created “The Walking Forest”, a free adaptation of Macbeth that mixes documentary, performance and live cinema. This trilogy met with great success in France, Europe and around the world. In 2017, at the invitation of the Comédie-Française, she created the show “The Rule of the Game” based on the Jean RENOIR’s film at the Salle Richelieu. Also this year, at the invitation of the Theater der Welt Festival and the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, she created the “Moving People” project, which talks about the current capitalist system, immigrants and refugees, and the play In Solitude of the Cotton Fields from Bernard-Marie KOLTES. In 2018 she debuted her new creation Ithaca, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey at the Odeon Theatre de l’Europe in Paris. Currently, JATAHY, whose works are presented at national and international festivals, is an associate artist of the Odeon Theatre de l’Europe, Le CentQuatre and the Theatre National Wallonie-Bruxelles.
◎Pre-performance talk: Starting 25 minutes before each performance
Staging, direction and dramaturgy:Christiane JATAHY
Artistic collaboration, set design and lighting management: Thomas WALGRAVE
Director of photography: Paulo CAMACHO
Music: Domenico LANCELOTTI
and Vitor ARAUJO
Sound design: Alex FOSTIER
Cast: Abbas Abdulelah AL’SHUKRA, Abdul LANJESI, Abed AIDY, Adnan Ibrahim NGHNGHIA, Ahmed TOBASI, Bepkapoy KAYAPO, Blessing OPOKO, Corina SABBAS, Emilie FRANCO, Faisal Abu ALHAYJAA, Fepa TEIXEIRA, Frank SITHOLE, Iketi KAYAPO, Irengri Kayapó, Ivan TIRTIAUX, Jehad OBEID, Joseph GAYLARD, Jovial MBENGA, Kroti KAYAPO, Laerte KÉSSIMOS, Leon David SALAZAR, Linda Michael MKHWANASI, Manuela AFONSO, Maria Laura NOGUEIRA, Maroine AMIMI, Mbali NCUBE, Melina MARTIN, Mustafa SHETA, Nambulelo MEOLONGWARA, Noji GAYLARD, Ojo KAYAPO, Omar AL JBAAI, Michel PHANA, Pitchou LAMBO, Pravinah NEHWATI, Pykatire KAYAPO, Ramyar HUSSAINI, Ranin ODEH, Renata HARDY, Vitor ARAÚJO, Yara KTAISH
Company collaboration and coordination:Henrique MARIANO
Production and touring: Daphné SEALE and Juliette THIEME
Staging (movie): Christiane JATAHY and Paulo CAMACHO
Cameraman (movie): Paulo CAMACHO
Second cameraman (movie): Thomas WALGRAVE
Mixing (movie): Breno FURTADO and Pedro VITURI
Stage manager: Benoît AUSLOOS
Video direction: Matthieu BOURDON
Light operator: Isabel SCHECK
Sound operator: David DE FOUR
And all Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles’ team
Création Studio, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Production: Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles and SESC
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 and Temporada Alta – Festival de Tardor de Catalunya
Sets construction: Ateliers du Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Christiane Jatahy is an international associate artist in CENTQUATRE-PARIS, at the l’Odéon- Théâtre de l’Europe and the Schauspielhaus Zürich.
With the support of The Freedom Theatre (Palestine), Outreach Foundation (South Africa)
Subtitle translation: EGUCHI Yoshiko (Portuguese, English), ANDO Hirofumi (French)
Interpretation: TAKEGAMI Sakiko
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