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tuesday 21  march 2017 | 21:00 |the hague | theater branoul


Salon Branoul

The Literary World of Bob Dylan

Kyle Dukes reads poems by Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg (in English). The soprano Katharine Dain and the pianist Reinild Mees perform songs by John Corigliano, Claude Debussy and Henri Duparc

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salon branoul

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.


The literary world was taken by surprise. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 was awarded to singer songwriter Bob Dylan. The decision has been controversial to say the least. The result was that song texts have been viewed as on par with pure poetry. Dylan’s texts are vital and meaningful that they can survive easily without his music. His choice of metaphors is daring, his world view completely original.


We present Dylan’s poems as songs in a classical idiom, by the composer John Corigliano. Kyle Dukes reads prose and poetry by the writers who most influenced Dylan: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Katharine Dain sings songs by Henri Duparc and Claude Debussy and settings of poems by Arthur Rimbaud, one of Dylan’s favourite authors.

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New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague