Honsinger, Johansson, Lovens (audio excerpt, the Fühstücksduett with Shelley Hirsch)
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...über Ursache und Wirkung der Meinungsverschiedenheiten beim Turmbau zu Babel 


Song play with enviroment and ballet by Sven-Åke Johansson and Alexander v. Schlippenbach



Shelley Hirsch: vocals

Sven-Åke Johansson: vocals, accordeon

Anne LeBaron: harp 

Wolfgang Fuchs: saxophone, clarinets

Tristan Honsinger: cello

Alexander v. Schlippenbach: piano,

Paul Lovens: percussion, drums

Regina Baumgart: dance


Stage design: Claudia Doderer / Libretto: Sven-Åke Johansson / Dramaturge: Klaus Peter Kehr 

First performance: 1986 in the Kammertheater der Staatsoper, Stuttgart

Other performances: Stadttheater Gütersloh, 1986; same cast at Hebbeltheater, Berlin; New Staging by Fritz Rahmann, 1994,

stage design: Doderer, same cast + Dietmar Diesner: saxophone


The stars in the sky fade when the big trailer is hidden. It's the same way in the construction firm. When the construction trailer doesn't appear,

then one can't sense anything "elevating". These days people dig around a lot, around the corner, in front of the corner, even on the corner – what are they looking for?

A lot of these diggers spend a large part of their life, rain or snow, in phases of costume-change in the so-called construction trailers, which are usually set up in the immediate vicinity of the construction sites, construction trailers of the firm Bilfinger & Berger, Bartel-Bau, Blobert & Hofgrefe, and so on.

They unswervingly accompany machines – in the cities, blocked off areas, detour zones – of all colors and sizes with saw teeth or lever mechanisms:

a murky, never-ending circle. Alas, here stands the circle as starting position for singers, instrumentalists, and dancers

in order to create a group of familiar faces between the objects of the most everyday relations, between construction machines and musical instrument ? – optically.

Sound and noise are different: the real relation in modern music to involuntarily recorded noises of the street, to different mechanisms of machine-movement, automobiles, etc.?

Sven-Åke Johansson


Fuchs, Johansson, Hirsch

see also: Discography Doppel LP FMP-S 20/21

and radio feature by Thomas Groetz