Simon Mayer / Kopf hoch [AT/BE]
Sons of Sissy
Stripped of conservatism and rules
Last season, you could see Simon Mayer at work in his solo SunBengSitting. As a young dancer – originally from Austria and a graduate of PARTS – he incorporated traditions from his home region, such as folk dances, folk music and yodelling. Age-old rituals and contemporary interpretations were woven together to create a mysterious, humorous whole.
In Sons of Sissy, Mayer continues his search for tradition, this time with three other dancers who emerge as musicians on stage. They adroitly strip traditional Alpine music, group dances and rituals of their conservatism and rules. Interpretations merge and new, temporary meanings come into being.
The ‘Sons of Sissy’ do everything they can to live up to their name: they become a strange kind of folk music quartet and an experimental, ritual dance combination. In a humorous way, they break with the stereotypical male role models that stubbornly live on in traditions.
• Simon Mayer studied at the Vienna State Opera’s dance department, danced there for a year in the corps de ballet, and continued his studies at PARTS in Brussels. He was involved in performances by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and Zita Swoon as a dancer, choreographer and musician.
idea, choreography, performance, music Simon Mayer | performance, music Matteo Haitzmann, Patric Redl, Manuel Wagner | special instruments Hans Tschiritsch | stage and costume design Andrea Simeon | light design Hannes Ruschbaschan, Martin Walitza | artistic consultant Frans Poelstra | production Sophie Schmeiser, Elisabeth Hirner | co-production Kopf hoch, brut Wien, Gessnerallee Zurich, zeitraumexit Mannheim and Tanz ist Dornbirn | touring production Sophie Schmeiser and Hiros | with the kind support of the City of Vienna's Department of Cultural Affairs, the Arts Division and the Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Kulturland Oberösterreich, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, WP Zimmer Antwerp, im_flieger, Kunst- und Kulturverein SPIEL | thanks to Simon Zöchbauer, Julian Rubisch, ALMA (Marlene Lacherstorfer, Julia Lacherstorfer, Evelyn Mair, Marie-Therese Stickler), Godi Burgstaller, Chris Standfest, Andrea Amort, Munderfinger Goaßlschnalzer, Altstädter Bauerngmoa, Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe, Elio Gervasi/Raum 33