tuesday 20 december 2016 | 21:00 |the hague | theater branoul
The narrator David Prins reads Christmas stories (in Dutch) and Zdeněk Fibich’s monodrama Christmas Day. Musicians from NEUE perform Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and chamber music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Pärt and Tavener.
about the programme
In this colourful Christmas programme David Prins is our special guest. Besides a great narrator he is an acclaimed opera director and a wonderful researcher and writer as well. For this edition of Salon Branoul he has translated Karel Jaromír Erben’s classic Czech poem Christmas Day, for which the Czech composer Zdeněk Fibich has made a compelling instrumental accompaniment.
Christmas Day is a dramatic poem. Maria and Hanna, two young women, go to a frozen lake and cut through the ice to see their future reflected on the water surface (it is an ancient Czech believe that water has oracular qualities during Christmas time).
Next to Fibich’s monodrama David Prins narrates Christmas stories by Simon Carmiggelt, Charlotte Mutsaers, Heinrich Böll, Åke Edwardson and David Toscana.
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.
New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague