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“Alf leila wa leila”: The Thousand and One Nights

From January 18, 2018 until March 24, 20187:30 p.m.
MADRID AND CóRDOBA
Casa Árabe Headquarters. 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office. 4 euros online.
In Spanish.

New storytelling sessions for adults at Casa Árabe, given by storyteller Héctor Urién, who will be offering each month a new tale from this legendary work of literature.

The Arabian Nights (known as 1001 Nights in Arabic) are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to avoid dying. And by emulating Scheherazade, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story each month at Casa Árabe, from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights. With contemporary sensitivity, and nothing but his voice, his presence and his speech, Urién uses the art of a Baghdad souk storyteller to transport us to a cave with a genie, and from the islands in the Indian Ocean to the domains of a serpent queen.

At each session, Héctor Urién uses a word as a common thread. It plays the role of an “Open Sesame” to tell us the tales from the Arabian Nights associated with that word in his lively voice.

Héctor Urién (Madrid, 1977) is a professional oral storyteller who has brought this innovative, original show to the stage, based on the structure of Scheherezade’s tale. As a professional storyteller, he performs his art and stage work at theaters in Spain and Latin America. Drawn by his inner curiosity and a deeply ingrained scientific streak, Urién has developed his own ongoing storytelling workshop in Madrid, where students and teacher discover the inner workings of stories and the mystery of the oral narrative together. A narrator of short, direct tales, he has taken part in several domestic and foreign festivals, as well as co-directing the annual festival “Ávila de cuento” (“Storybook Avila”) and in 2015 having an essay published by the “Palabras del candil” publishing firm: La narración fractal: arte y ciencia de la oralidad (Fractal Narration: Art and science of orality), in which he provides an innovative, surprising viewpoint of storytelling based on chaos theory and fractal geometry.

Illustration by Kay Nielsen (1886-1957). A very popular Danish illustrator from the early twentieth century during what is known as “the golden age of illustration,” Nielsen illustrated many different collections and worked with Disney to produce rich sketches and illustrations. The series produced to illustrate the work “Arabian Nights” dates back to the second decade of the twentieth century.
“Alf leila wa leila”: The Thousand and One Nights
Ilustración de Kay Nielsen (1886 –1957) para iluminar la obra “Arabian Nights”.
  • The Arabian Nights. Night 4

    The Arabian Nights. Night 4

    January 18, 20187:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour
    CóRDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: for tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed and Youth Card holders, with the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this page or on the day of the show at Casa Árabe’s headquarters as of one hour before each session. SEATS ARE NOT ASSIGNED.
    In Spanish.
    Cordoba is the stage for this new oral storytelling event for adults, given by Héctor Urién.
    The Arabian Nights are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to keep from dying. And by emulating Scheherazade in Madrid, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights each month at Casa Árabe. With a contemporary sensitivity supported only by his voice, presence and discourse, he uses his art as a storyteller to take us on a journey from a Baghdad souk to the cave where a genie lives, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the domains of the Serpent Queen.

    At each session, Héctor Urién uses a single word as a narrative thread which plays the role of the original “Open Sesame” to tell us some of the stories from The Arabian Nights related with that word in his own voice. On Thursday, January 18 (Night 4), the word will be “deserts.”
  • The Arabian Nights Night 6

    The Arabian Nights Night 6

    January 27, 20187:30 p.m. Approximate duration:1 hour
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe headquarters / Hall of Columns (at Calle Alcalá, 62) Basement Level 7:30 p.m. Approximate duration:1 hour 5 euros: general tickets at the box office. 4 euros if purchased online.
    Those tickets which have not been sold online will be put on sale at the entrance one hour before the beginning of the event for the price of 5 euros (4 euros for the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders). You must demonstrate your status by showing the proper document to receive the discount. Seating is NOT assigned.
    In Spanish.
    Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid is hosting the sixth session of this oral storytelling show for grown-ups, with stories about “Deserts.”
    The Arabian Nights are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to keep from dying. And by emulating Scheherazade in Madrid, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights each month at Casa Árabe. With a contemporary sensitivity supported only by his voice, presence and discourse, he uses his art as a storyteller to take us on a journey from a Baghdad souk to the cave where a genie lives, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the domains of the Serpent Queen.

    At each session, Héctor Urién uses a single word as a narrative thread which plays the role of the original “Open Sesame” to tell us some of the stories from The Arabian Nights related with that word in his own voice. On Thursday, January 27 (Night 6), the word will be “deserts.”
  • The Arabian Nights. Night 5

    The Arabian Nights. Night 5

    February 15, 20187:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour
    CóRDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: for tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed and Youth Card holders, with the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this page or on the day of the show at Casa Árabe’s headquarters as of one hour before each session. SEATS ARE NOT ASSIGNED.
    In Spanish.
    Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Córdoba is hosting the fifth session of this oral storytelling show for grown-ups, with stories about “genies.” 
    The Arabian Nights are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to keep from dying. And by emulating Scheherazade in Madrid, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights each month at Casa Árabe. With a contemporary sensitivity supported only by his voice, presence and discourse, he uses his art as a storyteller to take us on a journey from a Baghdad souk to the cave where a genie lives, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the domains of the Serpent Queen.

    At each session, Héctor Urién uses a single word as a narrative thread which plays the role of the original “Open Sesame” to tell us some of the stories from The Arabian Nights related with that word in his own voice. On Thursday, February 15 (Night 5), the word will be “"djinnis" (genies).
  • The Arabian Nights. Night 7

    The Arabian Nights. Night 7

    February 24, 20187:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: for tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed and Youth Card holders, with the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this page or on the day of the show at Casa Árabe’s headquarters as of one hour before each session. SEATS ARE NOT ASSIGNED.
    In Spanish.
    Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid is hosting the seventh session of this oral storytelling show for grown-ups, with stories about “genies.”
    The Arabian Nights are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to keep from dying. And by emulating Scheherazade in Madrid, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights each month at Casa Árabe. With a contemporary sensitivity supported only by his voice, presence and discourse, he uses his art as a storyteller to take us on a journey from a Baghdad souk to the cave where a genie lives, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the domains of the Serpent Queen.

    At each session, Héctor Urién uses a single word as a narrative thread which plays the role of the original “Open Sesame” to tell us some of the stories from The Arabian Nights related with that word in his own voice. On Saturday, February 24 (Night 7), the word will be “djinnis" (genies).
  • The Arabian Nights. Night 6 

    The Arabian Nights. Night 6 

    March 01, 20187:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour
    CóRDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: for tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed and Youth Card holders, with the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this page or on the day of the show at Casa Árabe’s headquarters as of one hour before each session. SEATS ARE NOT ASSIGNED.
    In Spanish.
    Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Córdoba is hosting the sixth session of this oral storytelling show for grown-ups, with stories about “seas.”
    The Arabian Nights are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to keep from dying. And by emulating Scheherazade in Madrid, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights each month at Casa Árabe. With a contemporary sensitivity supported only by his voice, presence and discourse, he uses his art as a storyteller to take us on a journey from a Baghdad souk to the cave where a genie lives, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the domains of the Serpent Queen.

    At each session, Héctor Urién uses a single word as a narrative thread which plays the role of the original “Open Sesame” to tell us some of the stories from The Arabian Nights related with that word in his own voice. On Thursday, March 22 (Night 6), the word will be “"seas".
  • The Arabian Nights. Night 8 

    The Arabian Nights. Night 8 

    March 24, 20187:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: for tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed and Youth Card holders, with the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this page or on the day of the show at Casa Árabe’s headquarters as of one hour before each session. SEATS ARE NOT ASSIGNED.
    In Spanish.
    Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid is hosting the eighth session of this oral storytelling show for grown-ups, with stories about “seas.”
    The Arabian Nights are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to keep from dying. And by emulating Scheherazade in Madrid, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights each month at Casa Árabe. With a contemporary sensitivity supported only by his voice, presence and discourse, he uses his art as a storyteller to take us on a journey from a Baghdad souk to the cave where a genie lives, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the domains of the Serpent Queen.

    At each session, Héctor Urién uses a single word as a narrative thread which plays the role of the original “Open Sesame” to tell us some of the stories from The Arabian Nights related with that word in his own voice. On Saturday, March 24 (Night 8), the word will be “seas".
  • The Arabian Nights Night 7

    The Arabian Nights Night 7

    April 05, 20187:30 p.m. Approximate duration:1 hour
    CóRDOBA
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. Approximate duration:1 hour 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4  euros: for tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, and Youth Card holders, with the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this page or on the day of the show at Casa Árabe’s headquarters as of one hour before each session. SEATS ARE NOT ASSIGNED.
    In Spanish.
    Storyteller Héctor Urién will be surprising us for yet another night in Cordoba, with the tales from this Middle Eastern literature classic, related this time with “Loving by Hearing.”
    In The Arabian Nights there are already several characters who have a switch for love inside their ear, that begins to buzz when it is pressed....a buzz whose vibrations spreads throughout their entire body. That is something that hasn’t changed even up to our modern day, but the beautiful way in which these characters describe it is surprising..

    The Arabian Nights are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to keep from dying. And by emulating Scheherazade in Madrid, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story each month at Casa Árabe, from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights. With a contemporary sensitivity supported only by his voice, presence and discourse, he uses his art as a storyteller to take us on a journey from a Baghdad souk to the cave where a genie lives, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the domains of the Serpent Queen.
  • The Arabian Nights. Night 9

    April 21, 20187:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe headquarters / Hall of Columns (at Calle Alcalá, 62) Basement Level 7:30 p.m. Approximate duration: 1 hour 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: for tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed and Youth Card holders, with the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance on this page or on the day of the show at Casa Árabe’s headquarters as of one hour before each session. SEATS ARE NOT ASSIGNED.
    In Spanish.
    Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid is hosting the eighth session of this oral storytelling show for grown-ups, with stories about “women.”
    The Arabian Nights are like a long-lasting kiss that stretches on to keep from dying. And by emulating Scheherazade in Madrid, Héctor Urién, a professional storyteller, will choose a different story from the fictional universe created in The Arabian Nights each month at Casa Árabe. With a contemporary sensitivity supported only by his voice, presence and discourse, he uses his art as a storyteller to take us on a journey from a Baghdad souk to the cave where a genie lives, from the islands of the Indian Ocean to the domains of the Serpent Queen.

    At each session, Héctor Urién uses a single word as a narrative thread which plays the role of the original “Open Sesame” to tell us some of the stories from The Arabian Nights related with that word in his own voice. On Saturday, April 21 (Night 9), the word will be “women".