Sons of Sissy

Falter magazine listed Simon Mayer’s solo performance SunBengSitting in its end-of-the-year review as one of the top theatre productions of 2014, describing it as an “ingenious, nakedly yodelling interplay of folk and contemporary dance”. In Mayer’s group performance Sons of Sissy the focus is on that universe of traditions, folk dances and folk music from which the Upper Austrian country lad Simon Mayer originates.
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.
 
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 Martin Walitza, Hannes Ruschbaschan
Artistic consultant Frans Poelstra
Production Sophie Schmeiser, Elisabeth Hirner
Touring production Sophie Schmeiser, Hiros

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

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, 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, Elio Gervasi/Raum 33.

Tourdates

  • 2017 Oct 30
  • 2017 Oct 31
Bologna, Italy

Gender Bender

  • 2017 Aug 31
Tel Aviv, Israel

Habait Theatre

Diver Festival

  • 2017 Aug 27
Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Operaestate - B.Motion

  • 2017 Aug 27
Bassano del Grappa, Italy

 

B.motion Operaestatefestival

  • 2017 Jul 24
Vienna, Austria

Volkstheater

ImPulsTanz

  • 2017 Jul 15
Andorf, Austria

Biohof Mayer

Volxfest

  • 2017 Jul 2
Marchtrenk, Austria

KulturRaum TRENK.S

Festival der Regionen

  • 2017 Jul 1
Salzburg, Österreich

Republic

Sommerszene

  • 2017 May 5
London, UK

The Place

  • 2017 Apr 24
Wien, Österreich

brut 

Feedback Festival

  • 2017 Jan 25
Ljubljana

Spanski Borci

  • 2017 Jan 14
  • 2017 Jan 15
Tallinn, Estland

Vaba Lava

  • 2016 Nov 27
Brussels, Belgium

Kaaitheater

  • 2016 Nov 23
  • 2016 Nov 24
Gent, Belgium

Campo

  • 2016 Nov 20
Bremen, Deutschland

Schwankhalle

dancing roads

  • 2016 Oct 29
  • 2016 Oct 30
Bern, Switzerland

Dampfzentrale

  • 2016 Oct 4
  • 2016 Oct 5
Riga, Latvia

New Theatre Institute of Latvia

  • 2016 Sep 24
Klagenfurt, Austria

TheaterHALLE 11

Tanzwochen Klagenfurt

  • 2016 Jul 31
Stadl-Predlitz, Austria

Griessnerstadl

  • 2016 Jul 28
Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Centrale Fies

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  • 2016 Jul 22
Wien, Austria

Odeon

ImPulsTanz

  • 2016 Jun 26
Fribourg, Switzerland

Belluard Festival

  • 2016 Jun 21
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Pantin, France

CDN - Centre National de la Dance

  • 2016 May 20
  • 2016 May 21
Utrecht, Netherlands

Stadtschouwburg

Spring Festival

  • 2016 May 15
Oberwart, Austria

Burgenländische Tanztage

Offenes Haus Oberwart

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Bergen, Norway

BIT Teatergarasjen

  • 2016 Mar 19
Essen, Germany

Pact Zollverein

  • 2015 Nov 6
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Dornbirn, Austria

Spielboden

Tanz Ist

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Munich, Germany

Gasteig

Spielart Festival

  • 2015 Sep 26
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Zurich, Switzerland

Gessnerallee

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Mannheim, Germany

Alte Feuerwache

Wunder der Prärie

  • 2015 Sep 18
Brussels, Belgium

Kunstenweerkplaats Pianofabriek

Showing

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Trondheim, Norway

Verkstedhallen

Bastardfestival

  • 2015 Apr 9
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Vienna, Austria

Brut, Künstlerhaus