SunBengSitting

SunBengSitting is a piece straddling yodelling, folk dance and contemporary dance, a trip to the past and a playful, humorous search for identity. Austrian farm boy and performance artist Simon Mayer invites the audience to get to know his life, his contradictions and his indignation at having to submit to categories and conventions. Having grown up on a farm facing traditions, nature, youthful rebellion and a bucolic heavy metal band, Simon Mayer moved to Vienna in 1997, attended Vienna’s State Opera’s dance school, spent a season as an aspiring dancer in the corps de ballet and very unexpectedly landed in a world where the word “farmer” could be used as an insult. The move was equal parts deliverance and constraint. SunBengSitting – “Sunbeng” is a word in the Upper Austrian dialect that means the bench in the sun in front of the farmhouse – deals with questions that emerge between the poles of city and country, homeland and foreign lands, pigeonholing and artistic freedom.

Performance, Artistic Direction, Music Simon Mayer
Sound and Live-Loop Pascal Holper
Lighting design Lucas Gruber, Hannes Ruschbaschan
Production Management Sophie Schmeiser
Touring production Sophie Schmeiser, Hiros
Artistic Guidance Frans Poelstra

 

A co-production of Kopf hoch/Simon Mayer, brut Wien, FREISCHWIMMER 2014/15 and Im_flieger.

With the support of Elio Gervasi/raum 33, ROSAS, Kunstenzentrum BUDA, shareyourdarlings Plattform.

With the kind support of the Austrian Province of Upper Austria, the Office of the Federal Chancellor, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Brussels, the Capital CulturalFundandthe Governing MayorofBerlin-Senate Chancellery- Cultural Affairs. Thanks to Kulturverein SPIEL, Trachtenverein Altstädter Bauerngmoa, die Goaßschnalzer Munderfing, Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe, Fam. Mayer, Christian Schmeiser und Josef Schild.

 

Tradition and Rituals

Workshop

The Schuhplattler is more than just a traditional courtship dance from the Alpine region and should no longer be only reserved for men. So how can we change it? We will learn traditional Schuhplattler, invent new ones and enrich it with related forms such as body percussion, contemporary dance, improvisational elements and ritual practices, without losing the fun and group dynamics of folk dances. But it is not only the Schuhplattler! We experiment with yodeling, Juchatzen, traditional clapping rhythms (Paschen) and whiping! Same here: we will learn the traditional form and combine it with other elements. In the workshop technical, spiritual and ritual aspects as well as healing approaches of these traditions are taught.

Tourdates

  • 2017 Jul 30
Vienna, Austria

Kasino

ImPulsTanz

  • 2017 Jul 14
Andorf, Austria

Biohof Mayer

Volxfest

  • 2017 Jul 14
Andorf, Austria

Biohof Mayer

Volxfest

  • 2017 Jun 27
  • 2017 Jun 28
Paris, France

CND - Centre national de la danse

CAMPING 2017

  • 2017 May 26
Faro, Portugal

Devir Capa

Faro Festival Encontros de DeVIR

  • 2017 Jan 20
Bruges, Belgium

De Werf

  • 2016 Nov 29
Joensuu, Finland

Joensuu City Theatre

Lonely in the rain

  • 2016 Nov 25
Chur, Switzerland

Theater Chur

Tanzplan Ost

  • 2016 Nov 18
Winterthur, Switzerland

Theater am Gleis

Tanzplan Ost

  • 2016 Nov 4
Schaan, Liechtenstein

TAK Theater

Tanzplan Ost

  • 2016 Oct 22
Valparaiso, Chile

Festival internacional Danzalborde

  • 2016 Sep 16
Zurich, Switzerland

Tanzhaus

Tanzplan Ost

  • 2016 Sep 2
Herisau, Switzerland

Tanzraum

Tanzplan Ost

  • 2016 Aug 24
St. Gallen, Switzerland

Lokremise

Tanzplan Ost

  • 2016 Jun 29
Freiburg, Switzerland

Belluard Festival

  • 2016 Jun 18
Straden, Austria

KulturHaus Straden

LA NOTTE!

  • 2016 Apr 8
  • 2016 Apr 9
Bergen, Norway

BIT Teatergarasjen

  • 2016 Apr 3
Utrecht, Netherlands

Theater Kikker

Tweetakt Festival

  • 2016 Mar 17
Bat Yam, Israel

Kelim

 March Hare Festival

  • 2015 Dec 4
Parma, Italy

Festival Internazionale "Natura Dèi Teatri"

  • 2015 Oct 23
Salzburg, Austria

ARGE Kultur

tanz_house herbst

  • 2015 Oct 18
Linz, Austria

BlackBox, Musiktheater

TanzhafenFESTIVAL

  • 2015 Oct 14
  • 2015 Oct 15
Brussels, Belgium

Kaaitheater

  • 2015 Sep 8
Graz, Austria

bestOFF Styria

  • 2015 Sep 4
  • 2015 Sep 5
Trondheim, Norway

Bastardfestival

  • 2015 Aug 9
  • 2015 Aug 10
  • 2015 Aug 11
Vienna, Austria

Odeon

Impulstanz

  • 2015 Jun 1
  • 2015 Jun 2
Klagenfurt, Austria

theaterHalle 11

  • 2015 May 29
Gmünd, Austria

Londronsche Reitschule

  • 2015 May 9
Oberwart, Austria

Offenes Haus Oberwart

Burgenländische Tanztage

  • 2015 Apr 22
  • 2015 Apr 23
  • 2015 Apr 24
Vienna, Austria

Tanzquartier

Feedback-Festival

  • 2015 Mar 14
Ljubljana, Slowenia

EN-KNAP

  • 2015 Jan 31
  • 2015 Feb 1
Trondheim, Norway

Teaterhuset Avant Garden

  • 2015 Jan 24
  • 2015 Jan 25
Düsseldorf, Germany

FFT

Freischwimmer

  • 2015 Jan 16
  • 2015 Jan 17
Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Mousonturm

Freischwimmer

  • 2014 Dec 11
  • 2014 Dec 12
Zurich, Switzerland

Gessnerallee

Freischwimmer

  • 2014 Nov 6
  • 2014 Nov 7
Vienna, Austria

Brut

Freischwimmer

  • 2014 Oct 31
  • 2014 Nov 1
Dornbirn, Austria

Spielboden

Tanz ist

  • 2014 Oct 24
  • 2014 Oct 25
Berlin, Germany

Sophiensaele

Freischwimmer

  • 2014 Oct 15
  • 2014 Oct 16
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Frascati Theater

  • 2014 Apr 26
  • 2014 Apr 30
Vienna, Austria

Brut, Brutstätte