Being Moved

Simon Mayer/Kopf Hoch

Performance, 60 minutes, some spoken German

Swinging light bulbs, clouds of smoke, storms of stroboscopic lights and breathing as a soundscape. On stage, there are chairs for seven invisible performers in a semicircle, at the centre of which stands a dancer. His visualised breathing gradually turns into wild gyrations. Breath becomes movement and vice versa, sometimes meditatively, at other times furiously and ecstatically. Simon Mayer unites body and mind to achieve a transcendent state with an increasing, room-filling intensity. Being Moved is a virtuoso interplay of dance-like gestures and bodily noises that create a symphonic crescendo, condensing into a trance-like soundtrack.

Simon Mayer
studied at the Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy and the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels; he is also a former member of the Vienna State Ballet. As a dancer, choreographer and musician, he has appeared in productions by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas (The Song), Wim Vandekeybus (Frisking) and Zita Swoon, among others. In 2017, he received the Outstanding Artist Award from the Federal Chancellery of Austria. He founded Kopf Hoch as an association of artists and technicians who have worked regularly with him in recent years.

A coproduction with brut Wien, Rosendal Theater, Tanz Ist

In collaboration with Kunstenwerkplaats, AMOK Festival/KAAP, CC Brugge, Dans in Brugge, IGNM-OÖ Linz

Supported by culture department of the city of Vienna, Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport Austria, SKE Fonds

Thanks to Virginie Pfeiffer, Emilie Laurent, Justine François, Martina Knoll, Michael Hazod, Coupé Décalé, Needcompany

Compography, performance
Simon Mayer Sound design, co-creation Pascal Holper Dramaturgy Guy Cools, Robert Steijn Light design Sabine Wiesenbauer Costumes, stage design Diego Andrés Rojas Ortiz, Nicole Lechner, Magdalena Adriane, Max Salesse, Sabine Wiesenbauer Technical coordination, lighting design (tour) Jeroen Smith General management Katrin Pröll Advice Corine Sombrun, Karoline Maria Wimber Production Hiros, Kopf Hoch/Miriam Lesch, Lisa Anetsmann Photos Franzi Kreis


Being Moved
Simon Mayer/Kopf Hoch – Austria
Celestial Odyssey
Miltnerová/Knoblochová/Komárek – Czech Republic
Cie Focus & Cie Chaliwaté – Belgium
AÏE AÏE AÏE – France
Good Night
Fekete Seretlek & Studio Damúza – Czech Republic
Le Mains de I’Argentière
Djalma Primordial Science – France
Les Arrière-Mondes
Cie Mossoux-Bonté – Belgium
Madness in the workshop
Tof Théâtre – Belgium
Simon Mayer/Kopf Hoch – Austria
Who’d have thought that snow falls
Matthias Schönijahn – Germany/Ukraine
Fekete Seretlek – Czech Republic
KAMA Orchestra – Germany



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