simon mayer / sons of sissy

16. – 18. March 2023
Odeon Theater Wien

THU 16., FRI 17. and SAT 18. March 2023 | 20:00
Workshop on SUN 19. March 2023

Artist Talk
with the “Sons of Sissy” Team
on Friday, March 17th following the performance

Sons of Sissy WORKSHOP
Sunday, March 19th, 15:00-18:00
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The city newspaper Falter described Simon Mayer’s solo SunBengSitting among the top theater pieces in its 2014 annual review as an “ingenious, naked yodeling interplay of folk and contemporary dance.” In Simon Mayer’s group piece Sons of Sissy, the focus is once again on the cosmos of traditions, folk dances and folk music from which the Upper Austrian farmer’ son Simon Mayer originally comes.

photos: franzi kreis, rania moslam, arne hauge

In an experimental way, the four performers and musicians make use of traditional alpine live music, diverse group dances and ritualistic practices. They liberate these from conservatism and conventions and establish a novel fusion of artistic reinterpretations and temporary attributions of social meaning. Beyond categorizations and pigeonholing, the Sons of Sissy live up to their name: they sometimes behave as a quirky folk music quartet, sometimes as an experimentally playful ritual dance combo, and radically and humorously break down traditional male role models in customs.

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They tear you back and forth between fascination and laughter. And at one point, they take your breath away
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2015

Idea, Choreography, Performance, Music Simon Mayer
Performance, Music Matteo Haitzmann, Patric Redl, Simon Wehrli
Sound and special Instruments Hans Tschiritsch
Stage and Costume Andrea Simeon
Lightdesign on Tour Sveta Schwin
Artistic Advice Frans Poelstra
Production Lisa Anetsmann

A co-production of Kopf hoch, brut Wien, Gessnerallee Zürich, zeitraumexit Mannheim and Tanz ist Dornbirn.

With the kind support of the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, the Federal Chancellery Austria Arts and Culture, Kulturland Oberösterreich, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Kunstenweerkplaats Pianofabriek Brussels, WP Zimmer Antwerpen, im_flieger, Kunst und Kulturverein SPIEL.

Thanks to Simon Zöchbauer, Julian Rubisch, ALMA (Marlene Lacherstorfer, Julia Lacherstorfer, Evelyn Mair, Marie-Theres Stickler), Godi Burgstaller, Chris Standfest, Andrea Amort, Munderfinger Goaßlschnalzer, Altstädter Bauerngmoa, Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe and Elio Gervasi/Raum 33.

Special thanks to Manuel Wagner, Martin Walitza, Hannes Ruschbaschan, Sophie Schmeiser, Elisabeth Hirner and Hiros.

Duration: 70min