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TUEsday 17 november 2015| 21:00 |THE HAGUE | Theater branoul


Salon Branoul

baruch spinoza

The actress Ellen van Rossum reads from letters by

Baruch Spinoza (in Dutch) combined with poetry and prose by contemporary authors who were influenced by Spinoza’s writings.



Music by Arvo Pärt, Maurice Ravel and José María Sánchez-Verdú


Felicia van den End flute

Jacob Kellerman guitar

Emlyn Stam viola

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about the programme

salon branoul

The philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) stood up against the tyranny of dogmatic religions and absolutist states. He was a tireless advocate of human dignity and free will. His fearlessness to express his thoughts, risking his life and reputation, is awe inspiring till this very day.


A selection of Spinoza’s rich correspondence combined with poetry and prose by authors who admire him are read by the actress Ellen van Rossum.


Spinoza’s spirituality and his quest for truth is reflected in the pieces by Pärt, Ravel and Sánchez-Verdú that three members of the New European Ensemble will perform.

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