Simon Mayer

The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series


Thursday-Saturday April 4-6, 2019 | 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver

Post-show artist talkback April 5


Simon Mayer/Photo Arne Hauge

Sons of Sissy delves into the heart of the Upper Austrian countryside, where traditional folk dances and music reign supreme. These traditions are joyously subverted when four versatile performers/musicians reformulate Alpine dances to liberate themselves from convention. Defying categorization and pigeonholing, the Sons of Sissy 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 hackneyed male role models. An accomplished choreographer, dancer and musician, Mayer offers an irreverent, affectionate take on his heritage, while demonstrating impeccable timing, bodily control, and musicality.

Duration: 60 minutes 
This performance includes nudity


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Sons of Sissy

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
Co-production: Kopf hoch, brut Wien, Gessnerallee Zurich, zeitraumexit Mannheim and Tanz ist Dornbirn.
Touring production: Sophie Schmeiser and Hiros

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 (Brussels), WP Zimmer (Antwerp), im flieger, Kunst- und Kulturverein SPIEL.

Simon Mayer/photos Rania Moslam

The Dance Centre is a non-profit organization and a registered charity. Revenue from ticket sales is invested in our mission of supporting dance.

Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series 2018-2019

November 6-8 WArd/waRD-Ann Van den Broek
January 21-22, 28-29 Company 605
January 24-26 Liu Kuan-Hsiang 
January 31-February 2 Victoria Hunt
April 4-6 Simon Mayer
May 23-25 Davida Monk

Photos: Top - Arne Hauge; bottom - Rania Moslam