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Seduction in “The Thousand and One Nights”: Night 22

November 10, 20227:30 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). 7:30 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

On Thursday, November 10, Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Cordoba will be hosting a new evening of oral storytelling by Héctor Urién. We will be listening to stories about unusual characters in The Thousand and One Nights Don’t miss it!

The Thousand and One 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 Thousand and One 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.

At each session, Héctor Urién uses a single word as a narrative thread playing the role of the original “Open Sesame” to tell us some of the stories from The Thousand and One Nights related with that idea in his own voice. On the evening of November 10, this concept will be “peculiar people.”

Héctor Urién (Madrid, 1977) makes his living from telling stories. As a professional storyteller, he performs his art and stage work at theaters in Spain and Latin America. Drawn by his curiosity and and a deeply ingrained scientific streak, Urién has developed his own regular storytelling workshop in Madrid, where students and teacher discover the inner workings of stories and the mystery of oral storytelling together. As an on-stage storyteller, his most original and exciting project is related with “The Arabian Nights,” whose tales he normally tells one by one every Tuesday night at a small theater in downtown Madrid. A short, straightforward storyteller, he has taken part in several national and international festivals and co-directs the annual festival “Ávila de cuento.” He also had an essay published by the “Palabras del candil” publishing firm, La narración fractal: arte y ciencia de la oralidad (Fractal storytelling: the art and science of oral tradition), in which he presents an innovative, surprising perspective on storytelling, backed by chaos theory and fractal geometry. And Alienta Editorial has published his book El arte de contar bien una historia. 101 estrategias para el storytelling (The Art of Telling a Story Well: 101 strategies for storytelling).