Sands of the emperor

  • Theater
Mia Couto
Victor de Oliveira
Performed by
Elliot Alex, Isabelle Cagnat, Horácio Guiamba, Bruno Huca, Ana Magaia, Eunice Mandlate, Josefina Massango, Miguel Moreira, Sofaida Moyane, Miguel Nunes, Victor de Oliveira, Lucrécia Paco, Daniel Pinto, Mário Santos, Klemente Tsamba

Adapted from the novel by Mozambican author Mia Couto, Sands of the emperor is a celebration of the invaluable nature of free-flowing borders and multiple identities. A transgressive love story set in the heart of colonial Africa.

Sand of the emperor takes us on a personal journey into 19th-century Africa with a love story told in two tales:  that of Germano, a Portuguese soldier exiled to Mozambique, and that of Imani, his young Mozambican interpreter. In the final years of emperor Ngungunyane’s rule, these two individuals, from two worlds which could not be further apart, drift along a river. Their chaotic, daring adventure brings them face to face with the reality of the war.

Born in Mozambique in 1971, the grandson of colonists and colonised people, director Victor de Oliveira is a product of this story of alliances and adversity. With this stage adaptation of Mia Couto’s novel, Oliviera and his band of performers create an impressive show that merges images of a faraway, mysterious Africa with those of a thoroughly modern continent. A theatrical fresco that courts prosperity and decline, pride and humiliation, despair and resilience.

  • Coproduction
Running time
3 : 30
Main auditorium

    de 5 à 40 €


    adaptation and direction Victor de Oliveira / translation Elisabeth Monteiro Rodrigues / set designer Margaux Nessi / lighting designer Diane Guerin / video designer Éve Liot / music Ailton Matavela / sound designer Samuel Gutman / litterary collaboration Charlotte Farcet / painting and sculpture Butcheca / costume designer and props Sara Machado / assistant director Venâncio Calisto / général manager Camille Faure

    création le 8 septembre 2023 au Teatro Aveirense – Aveiro, Portugal 

    Executive production: En Votre Compagnie
    Coproduction: Théâtre National Dona Maria II – Lisbonne, Centre Culturel Franco-Mozambicain – Maputo, Teatro Nacional São João, Teatro Aveirense, Le Grand T – Nantes, Malraux – Scène nationale Chambéry Savoie, MC93 – Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon 

    Supported by: ministère de la Culture – DRAC Île-de-France, Instituto Camões et à Maputo, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian