The city newspaper Falter described Simon Mayer’s solo SunBengSitting among the top theatre pieces in the 2014 review as “a brilliant, naked yodelling interplay of folk and contemporary dance”. In Simon Mayer’s group piece Sons of Sissy, the cosmos of traditions, folk dances and folk music, from which the Upper Austrian peasant boy Simon Mayer originally comes, is once again in focus.
In an experimental way, the four performers and musicians make use of traditional alpine live music, various group dances and ritualistic practices. They liberate these from conservatism and conventions and establish a novel fusion of artistic reinterpretations and temporary social attributions of meaning. Beyond categorization and pigeonhole thinking, the Sons of Sissy live up to their name: they sometimes act as a weird folk music quartet, sometimes as an experimentally playful ritual dance combo, and radically and humorously break up traditional male role models in customs.
Sound bodies and special instruments: Hans Tschiritsch
Stage and costume: Andrea Simeon
Light: Martin Walitza, Hannes Ruschbaschan
Artistic advice: Frans Poelstra
Production: Sophie Schmeiser, Elisabeth Hirner
Touring: Sophie Schmeiser, Hiros
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 of Austria Art and Culture, Kulturland Oberösterreich, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Kunstenweerkplaats 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-Theres Stickler), Godi Burgstaller, Chris Standfest, Andrea Amort, Munderfinger Goaßlschnalzer, Altstädter Bauerngmoa, Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe and Elio Gervasi/Raum 33.