16 march – 21 april 2018 / Length about 2h
Our Odyssey 1
by Christiane Jatahy / associate artist
inspired by Homer’s work
with Karim Bel Kacem, Julia Bernat, Cédric Eeckhout, Stella Rabello, Matthieu Sampeur, Isabel Teixeira
Christiane Jatahy, from Brazil, creates multi-disciplinary work. Her art form is one of mixtures and confrontations. Together they shift lines and overcome frontiers. Her shows draw upon theatre, cinema and performance in order to build bridges between different artistic practices, giving audiences a unique experience. After A Floresta que anda (2016), this will be the first in-house production for this Odéon associate artist. As her point of departure, she will be drawing upon the Odyssey, one of Western literature’s founding myths. It tells the story of a man returning home after a long war. But also that of his wife, who has been waiting for him all these years, unsure whether he is dead or alive. For this first part of what promises to be a diptych, Jatahy will be accompanied by a team of six actors (three French-speaking actors, and three of her customary actors from Brazil). Delving into notions of exile and odyssey, they will be looking at the idea of the return home as an adventure of a crucial nature. The bi-frontal staging will allow spectators to discover either Penelope’s point of view, or that of Ulysses. The show is an in situ voyage. The end of this voyage sees stage and audience, reality and fiction, blending together in one single space. What route, then, will the dividing line between them take? According to Jatahy, one thing is certain: “Imagination is what lies on the other side”.
|Previews||Box office opening dates||Prices single-price 50%|
14th and 15th March / 20h
6th March 2018
18€ / 14€
dramaturgy, scenography, direction Christiane Jatahy
artistical collaboration, lightning and scenography Thomas Walgrave
collaboration on the scenography creation Marcelo Lipiani
photographer Paulo Camacho
artistical collaboration Henrique Mariano
video system Julio Parente
Sound design Alex Fostier
Costumes Siegried Petit-Imbert, Géraldine Ingremeau
assistance of direction and translation Marcus Borja
stage set production : the decoration workshop of Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
and Odeon-Theatre de l'Europe's team
created on March 16, 2018 at Ateliers Berthier, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
we adress special regards to Kais Razouk, Godrat Arai and Nazeeh Alsahuyny for sharing some parts of their own odyssey with us.
production Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe
coproduction Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Teatro São Luiz – Lisbonne, Centre culturel Onassis – Athènes, Ruhrtriennale – Allemagne, Comédie de Genève
with the support of the CENTQUATRE – Paris
in partnership with Cité internationale des arts
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Christiane Jatahy is an author, theater director and filmmaker. She is graduated in theater, in journalism and postgraduated 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, Christiane 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.
Currently, Christiane Jatahy is an associate artist at the Centquatre and the Théâtre National Wallonie – Bruxelles. She is also an associate artist of the Odéon – Théâtre de l'Europe since the appointment of Stéphane Braunschweig in January 2016 and will create her first prodution Ithaca Our Odyssey 1 in March 2018 at the Ateliers Berthier with a Franco-Brazilian cast.
Mais moi, avec ma nef et mes compagnons, je m’en vais éprouver ces hommes : qui sont-ils – des brutes violentes, et sauvages, et sans justice, ou des êtres hospitaliers ?
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