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Christiane Jatahy


Christiane Jatahy is an author, theatre director and filmmaker. She graduated in Theatre and Journalism and post-graduated in Art and Philosophy. Since 2003, she creates multi-disciplinary works that shift the borders between reality and fiction, actor and character, theatre and audiovisual media. Studio, The lack that moves us or All stories are fiction and Cut are some of her first works in theatre. In 2008, she directs the movie The lack that moves us, filmed during 13 continuous hours in a single shot by three cameras in hand. The material is edited and becomes a feature film that is presented within national and international film festivals. In Brazil, it remains over 12 weeks in the movie theaters. The film's raw material is also shown on three movie screens for 13 hours in a film/performance at the Parque Lage Art Gallery in Rio de Janeiro. In 2012, Christiane Jatahy directs the project In the comfort of your home, a documentary/video installation that involves 30 Brazilian artists performing in English houses in London. The same year, she creates the renowned performance Julia, adapted from Miss Julie by Strindberg. Julia is a mixture of theatre and live cinema. It is presented within major European festivals and at Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, and is still a great success on tour these days. For this work, Christiane Jatahy received the Shell Award for Best Direction. In 2013, she develops the audiovisual documentary installation Utopia.doc, which is presented in Paris, Frankfurt and São Paulo. In 2014, What if they went to Moscow? is created following on from her work on great literature classics that she started with Julia. Inspired by The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, this production is both a play and a film presented simultaneously in two different spaces. The two performances form two possible sides of the same work. For this project, Jatahy received the Shell Award, the Questão de Crítica award and the APTR Brazil. It is still on the road, performing all over the world in major theatres and festivals. In 2016, Christiane finishes the triptych started with Julia by creating The Walking Forest, a free adaptation of Macbeth by Shakespeare. The Walking Forest mixes documentary exhibition, performance and live cinema and pushes the audience involvement even further. In 2017, invited by La Comédie-Française, she creates for Salle Richelieu the show The Rule of the Game based on the film by Jean Renoir. In 2018 the first part of her new diptych, Ithaca, is created at L’Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe. The second part The Lingering Now has premiered in Europe at the Festival d’Avignon in July 2019. Christiane Jatahy is currently an associate artist at L’Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, Theatre National Wallonie-Bruxelles and Schauspielhaus Zürich.