Christiane Jatahy is an author, film and theatre director, with projects that in recent years have created a dialog for different artistic fields and new mechanisms for the imagination. She created the theatrical trilogy “Uma cadeira para solid√£o, duas para o dialogo e tr√™s para a sociedade”. These plays test the limits of reality and fiction, actor and character, theater and cinema.¬†Individually, they are: “Conjugado”, “A Falta que nos Move” and “Corte Seco”.
Her research is about experimenting with the boundaries that may limit¬†a theatrical scene: the actor and the character, reality and fiction. Investigating the methods to construct original scripts, the collaborative processes which may include creating mechanisms to generate creative tension as well as different relational networks between the stage and the audience. In 2009 she expanded her work to the cinema with the film “A Falta que nos Move”, filmed in 13 continuous hours with three hand-held cameras. The material was edited¬†to become¬†a feature film, but it is also presented in full-length as an installation¬†with¬†three movie screens and a 13-hour-long projection in a cinematic performance that begins and ends at the exact time the filming did ‚ÄĒ from 5.30pm until¬†6.30am.
Her following work, “Corte Seco”, is a live-directed piece, whose¬†structure¬†changes every day. The play takes place on stage and security cameras surround the theater, so that scenes taking place on the street can be¬†seen by those inside the theatre.
2011′s “Julia” is a contemporary play¬†based on¬†Strindberg’s classic novel “Miss Julie”. In this work, film and theater coexist, with¬†a new movie¬†being created every day, by¬†mixing pre-filmed scenes with ones captured live in front¬†of the audience. Strindberg’s text remains but the presence of¬†the camera and¬†the ¬†socio-political¬†context of¬†contemporary Brazil¬†helps bring the 19th century plot¬†to our present days.
The plays were presented across Brazil as well as in international festivals and nominated¬†for major brazilian theater awards. The feature film¬†“A Falta que nos Move” was shown in a number of brazilian¬†and international festivals and was out in cinemas throughout the country¬†in 2011. In the same year, “Julia”¬†won the Shell Award for Best Director. In 2012, Jatahy was the artistic director of Rio Occupation London, a residency project that took 30 artists from different areas to produce¬†new works in London during their Cultural Olympics. During the occupation, Jatahy¬†created “In the Comfort of your home,‚ÄĚ a project where british citizens¬†and immigrants turned their homes into temporary performance spaces. The performances were filmed and then shown in an¬†installation in London. 2014′s project¬†‘What if they went to Moscow?’ is centered on the idea of¬†utopia, also mixing theater and film and updating the work of Anton Tchekhov. The project is currently on tour in Brazil and Europe.
Christiane is an associated artist of the Odeon Theatre of¬†Europe and Le CentQuatre (Paris/FR) and will develop a project at the¬†Comedie Francaise (Paris/FR)¬†that will premiere in february¬†2017.
Cia. V√©rtice was created to formally expand research into theater languages, contemporary methods of communication and the subsequent experience of participating viewers and artists – generating new approaches and perspectives in regards to the stage. The company investigates conceptual¬†limits – ideas such as; the actor in the scene in the present moment (here and now) and the reference to a fictional character, combining reality and fiction to create a third theatrical zone, the intentional blurring of the physical division between the actor and the audience, communication with other artistic areas and the use of unconventional spaces or unconventional use of traditional spaces. The purpose of this research is to liberate the theatrical experience for the viewer so that he may participate more actively in the presentation.
Besides¬†the creative apparatuses, the main content of all works by Jatahy is the¬†reality of Brazil and these country’s present society. Real life¬†steps into the stage through¬†research done beforehand and its connections to the present time, to the here and¬†now.
The steps of a¬†research
For 2004′s play¬†“Conjugado”, interviews with people who live alone in Rio de Janeiro were carried out and recorded on¬†video. This material generated storyline¬†content for the play and¬†became a documentary shown as a video installation piece inside the play.
“A Falta que nos move”, 2005-2009, was based on personal material in which the actors revealed a generation in their mid-thirties, who lived their¬†childhood and¬†youth in a country under a dictatorial regime. The political issues affect the¬†personal history of each of these actors/characters. They play was thought of as a non-play,¬†in which the cast would cook and drink on the stage, blending reality and¬†fiction, to talk about memories and relationships.
Corte Seco, 2010, was¬†created based on real lawsuits and a research made through interviews and¬†visits to the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice to put together a play¬†with far-reaching¬†dramaturgical structure.
Julia,¬†2011, is a play that navigates between¬†19th century¬†novel¬†and contemporary realities, bringing to stage political and social issues of¬†today‚Äôs Brazil.¬†¬†The relationship between the two leading¬†characters is based on¬†sex and power, in a game that reflects the Brazilian class-hatred reality.