Works: Simon Mayer / Kopf hoch

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

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Ramsay Burt: Simon Mayer 'Sons of Sissy' Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Spring Festival, 20th May 2016 (EN) Ontwapende mannendans legt alpentradities bloot (NL) Teilhabe am fremden Ritus (DE)ma culture: Simon Mayer Most of the rituals need this moment of letting go (EN) ImPulsTanz, Simon Mayer: „Sons of Sissy“, Spezial (DE)ma culture: Simon Mayer, faire sonner le mouvement (FR)Springback Magazine: Les Brigittines International Festival 2018 (EN)Fugues: Sons of Sissy, relecture queer du folklore (FR)Le Devoir: Du spirituel dans la danse folklorique (FR)Georgia Straight: Sons of Sissy upends folk traditions, in a show that's both funny and unsettling (EN)Georgia Straight: Simon Mayer's Sons of Sissy slaps new life into old Austrian folk dance (EN)Falter: Jodeln, bis es wehtut (DE)ECN - Online Kultur Magazin: Schnaderhüpfeln in der braunen, volksdümmlichen Soss (DE) Volkstanztrance (DE) Simon Mayer. Sons of Sissy (DE)Der Standard: Wie man den Volkstanz auszieht (DE)Falter: Hör mal, was da hüpft! (DE)Kurier: Wo das Nacktjodeln fröhliche Urständ feiert (DE)Wiener Zeitung: Um-pa-pa und Olé! (DE)Les Inrockuptibles: Ce danseur et chorégraphe se met à nu (au propre et au figuré) dans sa relecture des danses traditionnelles de son Autriche natale (FR) Sons of Sissy aux Brigittines (FR/EN)