29 and 30 April 2014

brutstätte • Zieglergasse 25 • 1070 Wien

Simon Mayer



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.

Simon Mayer works as a performance artist and musician and is additionally the artistic director of the Spiel art festival on the Schlossergütl organic farm in Upper Austria. He was previously in brut at last year’s imagetanz Festival with his piece Monkeymind.

Performance, choreography, music Simon Mayer Sound and Live-Loop Sebastian Slupek Lighting Lucas Gruber Production Sophie Schmeiser Artistic advice Frans Poelstra Video Johannes Gierlinger and Jan Zischka Flyerphoto Anna Hein Art Design Anikka Rytterhag Foyer Installation Peter Mayer and Simon Mayer

A co-production of Kopf hoch/Simon Mayer, brut Wien and im_flieger.
With kind support from the Federal State of Upper Austria, Austria’s Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, the Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels.
Thanks to Kulturverein SPIEL, Trachtenverein Altstädter Bauerngmoa, die Goaßlschnalzer Munderfing, Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe, Fam. Mayer,
Christian Schmeiser and Josef Schild.

Simon Mayer - SunBengSitting (Trailer) from brut Wien on Vimeo.

€ 14 Full price
€ 8 reduced
€ 6 with the brutkarte*

Combined ticket EINKOCHEN and SunBengSitting
€ 16/10/8

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