Prague Crossroads The New Stage

Sons of Sissy

Simon Mayer (AUT)

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Idea, choreography, performance, music: Simon Mayer
Co-creation, performance, music: Matteo Haitzmann, Patric Redl, Manuel Wagner
Special instruments: Hans Tschiritsch
Stage and costume design: Andrea Simeon
Lights: Martin Walitza, Hannes Ruschbaschan
Artistic consultant: Frans Poelstra
Creation production: Sophie Schmeiser, Elisabeth Hirner

In an experimental manner, four performers and musicians make use of traditional Alpine live music, various group dances and ritualised practices. Liberating them from conservativism and conventions, they establish an unseen fusion of artistic reinterpretations and temporary social attributions of meaning.

Defying categorisation and pigeonholing, the Sons of Sissy do everything they can to live up to their name as they conduct themselves as part weird folk-music quartet, part experimentally playful ritual dance combo, using humour to radically disrupt the hackneyed male role models in old traditions.

Approximate running time:
75 minutes, no intermission.

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Discussion with artists after the performance in the New Stage foyer.

Simon Mayer studied at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School and P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, and was a member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. In 2009, he founded the band “Rising Halfmoon”, as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. As a dancer/choreographer and musician, he has been involved in productions of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/ROSAS (The Song), Wim Vandekeybus (Frisking) and Zita Swoon. In 2014, Simon Mayer released his music album Monkeymind, followed in 2018 by SunBengSitting and Sons of Sissy.
His choreographic repertoire includes solos, duets and group pieces that have been performed internationally (O Feather of Lead; Dancing with the Sound Hobbyist (Zita Swoon); Monkeymind; SunBengSitting, Sons of Sissy, Oh Magic). Simon was Artist-in-Residence at the Theatre de L’L in Brussels and is the artistic director of the festival “spiel”, which he started together with his brothers and the association spiel. Simon teaches contemporary dance, community dance, traditional dance and voice techniques (Impulstanz Wien, Steirischer Herbst and other international festivals, and as a guest teacher at the Music and Arts University of Vienna. He received the outstanding artist award from the Austrian Chancellery in 2017 and the Annerkennungspreis des Lande Oberösterreich in 2018. In Vienna he founded the organisation Kopf hoch.

Premiere: 2015
Co-production: Kopf hoch, brut Wien, Gessnerallee Zurich, zeitraumexit Mannheim and Tanz ist Dornbirn

Touring production: Hiros, Kopf hoch

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 (Brussels), 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


This production is not performed at the present time.


to be announced.

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