tuesday 15 november 2016 | 21:00 |the hague | theater branoul
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The actor Hans Radloff reads and sings poems by Bertolt Brecht. Musicians from NEuE perform settings of Brecht’s poem and chamber music by Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith and Hanns Eisler.
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The New European Ensemble presents Salon Branoul. Music combined with literature on Tuesday evenings at The Hague’s Theater Branoul, an intimate theatre – Parisian style – close to the famous Hotel Des Indes. Imaginative programmes take you on a journey to discover how composers and writers have inspired each other throughout history. Dramatic actors read poetry and prose. Musicians from the New European Ensemble perform music which is connected with the texts. These musical/literary salons are highly accessible; afterwards you pay what you want.
Making the world a better place with art. It was a goal in which many artists believed during the first half of last century. Shocked by the atrocities of the First World War Bertold Brecht became convinced that no individual should ever blindly obey an order of a superior. To transform people into critical thinkers he wrote prose, poems and plays that challenged the status quo. He also created masterpieces for music theater, in collaboration with close allies such as Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler.
Brecht’s texts were not universally liked. His publications were publicly burnt by the Nazis. He had to flee Germany and found exile in Denmark. From Denmark he fled to Helsinki, from wich he embarked on a boat to the US. And still he was not safe. Shortly after the war senator McCarthy started his infamous witch-hunt for communists. Brecht was forced to leave once more. In East Berlin he spent the last years of his turbulent career.
The actor Hans Radloff will read poems by Brecht and sing highlights from his Threepenny Opera. A tribute to a great writer, whose timeless work is still relevant.
New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague