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tuesday 18 october 2016 | 21:00 |the hague | theater branoul


Salon Branoul

from the sea

The actor Alexander Oliver reads English poems inspired by the sea by Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, E.E. Cummings,William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson and Eleonore Schönmaier. Musicians from NEuE perfom George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae and sea-inspired music by Ravel, Reinecke and Takemitsu.

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salon branoul

Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, E.E. Cummings, William Wordsworth and Emily Dickinson were all inspired by the vastness of the sea. In their poems the ocean became variously a metaphor for life, death, the cruelty of nature or the mother of humanity.


The Hague, situated on the North Sea coast, is home to the award winning poet Eleonore Schönmaier, originally from Canada. Alexander Oliver will read sea poems from her recent poetry collection Wavelengths of Your Song (published by McGill-Queen's University Press). Music by George Crumb – whose Vox Balaenae is inspired by the sounds of whales – will be central along with sea-inspired music by Reinecke and Takemitsu.

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