Sons of Sissy
The focus of Sons of Sissy is the 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 Co-creation, performance, music: Matteo Haitzmann, Patric Redl, Manuel Wagner Special instruments: Hans Tschiritsch Stage and costume design: Andrea Simeon Light design: Hannes Ruschbaschan, Martin Walitza Artistic consultant: Frans Poelstra Technical direction on tour: Jeroen Smith Creation production: Sophie Schmeiser, Elisabeth Hirner Touring production: Hiros, Kopf hoch Co-production: Kopf hoch, brut Wien, Gessnerallee Zurich, zeitraumexit Mannheim, 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, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, WP Zimmer, 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, Jan Maria Lukas