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tuesday 27 september 2016 | 21:00 |the hague | theater branoul

Salon Branoul

willem elsschot

The actor Bas Maassen reads poems by the classic Dutch author and a part from his novel Kaas.


Rada Ovcharova (violin) and Lestari Scholtes (piano)

Duos and solo pieces by Ysaÿe, Debussy and Goleminov.


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We kick off the fourth season of Salon Branoul with a tribute to the Flemish writer Willem Elsschot. Many of his novels and poems were published almost a century ago. But his style is still fresh and never dated. Elsschot was economic with words. As a copy writer in advertising he was used to sell products with just a few one-liners.


The acclaimed author Bas Maassen reads poems and parts from Elsschot‘s famous novel Cheese: the clerk Laarman, inexperienced as a business man, sets up an enterprise as a distributor of Edam cheese. He fails miserably. Rada Ovcharova and Lestari Scholtes perform works by Elsschot’s compatriot Eugène Ysaÿe, Debussy’s violin sonata and and a colourful piece by the Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov.

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.

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