Oh Magic

Simon Mayer

Austria/Belgium
Music theatre, 60 min, nonverbal

Oh Magic evokes the origins of theatre and dance in ritual. Piano keys, drums, live electronics and a microphone move as if by magic under the direction of a master of ceremonies whose combo conjures up the “abracadabra-like" spirits of our technological age. Robotics, performance, dance, music, song, sound and visual art merge into a Gesamtkunstwerk that is trance-like and intoxicating. However, Oh Magic also addresses our double-edged relationship with new technologies through a spiritual analysis of the state of the body, presenting the audience with sometimes beguiling, sometimes disturbing images.


Simon Mayer – performer, dancer, choreographer and musician – studied at the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera, the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels and was formerly a member of the Vienna State Ballet. In 2009 Simon Mayer founded his band Rising Halfmoon as singer, guitarist and songwriter. 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. His choreographic repertoire includes solos, duos and group pieces that are performed internationally. In 2017 he received the Outstanding Artist Award from the Austrian Federal Chancellery.

Kompography, Concept, Cast: Simon Mayer · Co-Creation, Cast: Clara Frühstück, Patric Redl, Tobias Leibetseder, Manuel Wagner · Sound design: Tobias Leibetseder · Robot operation: Manuel Wagner · Costumes: Andrea Simeon · Light design: Heinz Kasper · Technical direction, Operator: Jan Maria Lukas · Robotics, Electronics, Engineering: Dominik Strzelec · Sound: Lukas Froschauer, Rene "Ringo" Grömer · Dramaturgy: Robert Steijn · Research, Anthropological advice: Justine François, Manuel Wagner · Production: Hiros, Kopf Hoch (Sophie Schmeiser, Anna Erb) · Photo: Wolf Silveri

Warning: Strobe lights are used during this performance

Kindly supported by fabrik Potsdam, Bösendorfer

A co-production with steirischer herbst, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Gessnerallee, Teaterhuset Avant Garden, brut Wien, Centrale Fies, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek with GC De kroon
Supported by Vlaamse Overheid, Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Österreichisches Kulturforum Brüssel
In cooperation with Tanzquartier Wien, D.ID Dance Identity, SPIEL, Klavierhaus A. Förstl
Thanks to Julian Rubisch, Frans Poelstra, Wim Muyllaert, Jason Zieglmaier, Viktor Delev, Jürgen Ropp, Arbeitsplatz Wien
Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union



2018


7 Sachen SPECIAL EDITION
UNIDRAM – Potsdam
DEEP
Daan Mathot – Netherlands
Democracy
AKHE – Russia
Dictatorship
AKHE – Russia
Exhibition 25 years of Unidram
T-Werk – Potsdam
FRAME
Teatro Koreja – Italy
Game changer
AURA Dance Theatre – Lithuania
GUIDE
Věra Ondrašíková & collective – Czech Republic
Joy
Joshua Monten – Switzerland
LE PETIT CIRQUE
Laurent Bigot – France
Mr. Carmen
AKHE – Russia
Of the Things of Nature
Dorothee Metz – Germany
Oh Magic
Simon Mayer – Austria/Belgium
Rusty Nails & Other Heroes
TAMTAM objektentheater – Netherlands
The Need to move forward
Antoine Birot – France
Tria Fata
La Pendue – France
Visiting time over
theater junge generation/Ariel Doron – Germany/Israel
πTon
Cod.Act – Switzerland
Concert
Aerodice – Germany
Concert
Pulsar Trio – Germany
Concert
Masaa – Germany
Concert
Cosmo Klein TRIO – Germany
Concert
Iva Nova – Russia
JazzLab SPECIAL EDITION
Nikotrio – Germany

Contact

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