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June 2024
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« schliess die augen nicht – von kröten und alten gespenstern » #freetalk


western classical songs about female characters without sexism? representation of queer people in western classical music? difficult to find. lis à lis wants to change this and works in their practice with western classical music as a mouthpiece for queer-feminist concerns.

the duo (lis marti, lisa läng) from bern find themselves at the interface between new westernclassical music, literature and queer-feminist activism. their first programme creates visibility and role models for queer people, combines western classical music and literature and normalizes diversity on stage. the two-part concert includes a song cycle by robert schumann with a new version of the text by lisa läng. the second part consists of a composition by flurina zehnder to a text by kim de l'horizon. an introduction and a debriefing provide space for a discussion on how to deal with problematic texts in the existing core repertoire of western classical music.

the concert starts at 12pm at provitreff

lisa läng (vocals) & lis marti (piano) – talk with severin kolb


address, direction, accessibility

Sihlquai 240
8005 Zürich

- Closest tram station: Quellenstrasse (tram 4,13,17), 3 min walk
- Closest bus station: Escher-Wyss-Platz (bus 72), 9 min walk

the concert is at provitreff zurich which is completely on groundlevel and wheelchair friendly including toilets. If you wish to visit the concert and want support, please feel free to contact our team and we will arrange a support who accompany you throughout the event. Contact: / 079 398 51 31


lis à lis (Lisa Läng, Lis Marti) is a young song duo from Bern. They have set themselves the goal of further developing the genre of art song and thinking about the future. On the one hand, this is realised in the form of commissioned compositions that expand the traditional genre of the art song through multimedia and performative elements. On the other hand, this takes the form of a critical examination of existing literature, in which a new version of the text is created. This results in juxtapositions of social norms from then and now.

Photo by hanna meier