Christiane Jatahy
Past event


In the new and final part of her trilogy on colonial violence, acclaimed Brazilian theater maker Christiane Jatahy looks at how racism and capitalism are interwoven. From the slave trade to the contemporary politics of the likes of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, little has changed. There are those who possess land, freedom, and their own identity, and those whose existence is of no value. In the award-winning novel Torto Arado by Itamar Vieira Júnior, the source material for the play, the female protagonists are engaged in a struggle against such a world order—and for an opportunity for change and new world making. In deep community collaboration, Jatahy and her actors, Gal Pereira, Juliana França, Lian Gaia and Aduni Guedes, delve deep into Brazil’s history and, by extension, into that of European profiteers, too. To tell the story of the unresolved colonial violence that endures to this day, Jatahy blends a surprising mix of two art forms—theater and film—allowing reality and fiction to overlap. Within the discourse on structural racism and geopolitical realities, Jatahy has firmly established her place in the world’s theater landscape. Her stories are those of resistance.

Performed in Portuguese with English surtitles.

Coproduction – Schauspielhaus Zürich, Le CENTQUATRE-Paris, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe – Paris, Wiener Festwochen, Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa, Arts Emerson – Boston, Riksteatern-Sweden, Théâtre Dijon-Bourgogne CDN, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre Populaire Romand – Centre neuchâtelois de arts vivants La Chaux-de-fonds, DeSingel – Antwerp, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm – Frankfurt a.M., Temporada Alta Festival de tardor de Catalunya and Centro Dramatico National – Madrid.

Cast & Crew

Written and Directed by Christiane Jatahy

Based on the book Torto Arado by Itamar Vieira Junior, published by LeYa

Performed by Gal Pereira, Juliana França, Lian Gaia, Aduni Guedes

Artistic Collaboration, Set and Lighting Design by Thomas Walgrave

Photography and Cinematography by Pedro Faerstein

Original Music by Vitor Araujo, Aduni Guedes

Sound Design and Mixing by Pedro Vituri

Sound (Film) by João Zula

Editing (Film) by Mari Becker, Paulo Camacho

Costume Design by Preta Marques

Co-Written by Gal Pereira, Juliana França, Lian Gaia, Tatiana Salem Levy

Interlocution: Ana Maria Gonçalves

Video System: Julio Parente

Body Preparation: Dani Lima

Direction Assistant: Caju Bezerra

Camera Assistant: Suelen Menezes

Stage Manager and Sound Operator: Diogo Magalhães

Light Operator: Leandro Barreto

Video Operator: Alan de Souza

Production Assistant (Rio de Janeiro): Divino Garcia

Production Management (Rio de Janeiro): Claudia Marques

Administration: Claudia Petagna

Production Coordinator and Tour Manager: Henrique Mariano

Film Cast: Residents of Remanso and Iúna -Chapada Dimantina/Bahia/Brazil

About the Artist

Christiane Jatahy

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Christiane Jatahy is an author, theater director and filmmaker. She studied theater and journalism, and holds a postgraduate degree in Art and Philosophy. Since 2003, she has been developing a body of work that explores border zones, between artistic disciplines, between reality and fiction, actor and character, theater and cinema. Some of her works for theater include Julia (2011), What if they went to Moscow? (2014), and The Walking Forest (2015), which form the Memory Trilogy. In 2018, deepening her research into the question of refugees, she started to develop the diptych Our Odyssey, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. The first part, Ithaca (2018), premiered at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris and the second part, The Lingering Now (2019), premiered in São Paulo and at the Festival d’Avignon. In 2021, Jatahy premiered her Trilogy of Horror, which includes DUSK (2021), addressing the mechanisms of fascism; Before the sky falls (October 2021), about toxic machismo; and Depois do Silêncio (After the silence) (2022), focused on slavery and its consequences on structural racism. 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 – Teatro d’Europa. Her company, Vertice – Axis Productions, is supported by Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France – Ministère de la Culture France.