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tuesday 20 june 2017 | 21:00 |the hague | theater branoul


Salon Branoul

platero and i

Carina Vinke reads parts from Platero and I by van Juan Ramón Jiménez (in Dutch). The guitar player Jacob Kellerman performs accompanying music by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco.

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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 Spanish writer and Noble Prize winner Juan Ramón Jiménez published Platero and I in 1914. It is a wonderful series of stories about an Andalusian villager who experiences adventures with his donkey Platero. It is a touching masterpiece, for children and grownups as well. The little donkey symbolizes tenderness, purity and open-minded naivety. His master loves him so much that he tries to perceive the world through the eyes of his donkey.


Jiménez was forced by the nazis to flee Spain. Similarly the Jewish composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco had to escape from his homeland. Platero and I inspired him to compose a cycle of pieces for the world famous guitar player Andrés Segovia. They can be performed solo or, like in this salon, as an accompaniment to Jiménez’s poetic texts.

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