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Sudan: The Nubian kingdom: theater and war 

April 19, 20248:00 p.m.  
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 8:00 p.m.   Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Casa Árabe is presenting this dramatized conference run by artist Marco Magoa, who will be accompanied on stage by actresses Celeste González and Mayra Cuenca, with the live participation of Sudanese musician Wafir S. Gibril.

From 2020 to 2022, artist Marco Magoa premiered four of his theatrical texts in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, with the participation of over fifty local artists and the support of the Embassy of Spain and AECID. His last performance in Sudan, “Kandake Amanirenas,” which premiered in November 2022, tells the story of the war which Nubian queen Amanirenas kept waging for five years against the Roman army, during the time of Emperor Augustus, to defend her kingdom, getting the Romans to sign a peace treaty in the end. On April 15, 2023, just a few months after the premiere, war broke out in Sudan.  
The dramatized conference is meant to pay tribute to the Sudanese people and the artists who participated in those four shows. During the conference, several scenes from the play will be performed in Spanish by actresses Celeste González and Mayra Cuenca along with Marco Magoa, accompanied by Sudanese musician Wafir S. Gibril with the screening of short videos and images from the performances, the daily life in Khartoum during the rehearsals throughout those three years, as well as promotional photographs taken in local markets, on the banks of the Nile, and in pyramids and temples throughout the kingdom of Kush, known as the “land of the black pharaohs.”  
Marco Magoa is an actor, playwright, director and theatrical producer with an extensive international career. He speaks Arabic and English, which has allowed him to direct more than thirty shows in four continents, many of them in countries of the Arab world such as Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and Iraq over the last twenty years, with the support of major international institutions. He is currently preparing his next project which will premiere in Algeria in 2024, with the support of the Cervantes Institute and the Spanish Embassy in Algiers, thanks to the AECID’s ACERCA Program. 
Sudan: The Nubian kingdom: theater and war 
Image courtesy of Marco Magoa. Photographer Mohamed Elkhair Hamad.