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Victor de Oliveira

Victor de Oliveira

As Areias do Imperador

Victor de Oliveira

As Areias do Imperador

Victor de Oliveira's creations are closely linked to the colonial history of his country, Mozambique. In Incêndios, a show created in 2019 in Maputo, co-produced by Culturgest, the director looked for echoes of the civil war that devastated the country for 16 years, and in Limbo (Prémios de Melhor Espetáculo e Melhor Texto 2022 da Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores) he questioned the effects of colonisation, assimilation, and miscegenation.

Through the adaptation of the novel As Areias do Imperador by Mozambican author Mia Couto, Victor de Oliveira continues his path around the relations between Europe and Africa. The play takes us to the end of the 19th century in the midst of the first processes of occupation and colonisation, where Emperor Ngungunyane opposes the advances of Portuguese troops. Germano, a Portuguese soldier, and Imani, a Mozambican interpreter, fall madly in love. An impossible love story told by 15 interpreters from Mozambique, Portugal, and France who, through the fate of these two beings, show us the history of a people.


20 MAR 2024
WED 20:00

21 MAR 2024
THU 20:00

22 MAR 2024
FRI 20:00

23 MAR 2024
SAT 20:00

Buy Tickets
Emílio Rui Vilar Auditorium
14€ (discounts)
Duration 2h45

With subtitles in Portuguese.

As Areias do Imperador is part of the Abril Abriu Cycle, an initiative by Teatro Nacional D. Maria II.


Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

Adapted, staged

Victor de Oliveira


Mia Couto


Ana Magaia, Bruno Huca, Daniel Pinto, Elliot Alex, Eunice Mandlate, Horácio Guiamba, Isabelle Cagnat, Josefina Massango, Lucrécia Paco, Klemente Tsamba, Mário Santos, Miguel Moreira, Miguel Nunes, Sufaida Moyane, Victor de Oliveira 


Margaux Nessi

Costumes, accessories

Sara Machado


Diane Guerin


Samuel Gutman

Original music

Ailton Matavela


Eve Liot

Staging assistance

Venâncio Calisto

Paintings, sculptures


Dramaturgical collaboration

Charlotte Farcet

Changana translation

Mabjeca Tingana


Jorge Tomé

Administration, production 

En Votre Compagnie


Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Nacional São João, Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, Teatro Aveirense, Le Grand T-Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique, MC93 Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, Espace Malraux Scène Nationale de Chambéry Savoie, Les Célestins — Théâtre de Lyon


Abril Abriu, Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos - Culturgest 


DRAC-Ile de France (Ministério da Cultura — Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France), Institut FranÇais, Instituto Camões de Maputo, Roundabout.lx La Colline Théâtre National


Clayda Beque, Claude e Anne José Nessi, Cheny Wa Gune, Christophe Dumont, Dhemas Rainha, Edgar de Oliveira, Jean-Louis Sauvat, Kitty Furtado, Lenna Bahule, Marta Angelozzi, Marta Belém, Matanhane Nhamucume, Melissa Babil, Miss Suzie, Phayra Baloi, Paulo Zacarias

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