In Upper Austrian dialect, a ‘Sunbeng’ is a sunny bench in front of the house. In this performance, differences in life between town and countryside, home and abroad, oppression and freedom are examined. SunBengSitting seeks to liberate a genre that is suspected of being even more narrow-minded than ballet: folk dance. With a whip and a chainsaw, Simon Mayer sets out to dust off this popular tradition and free it of ideological weight and outdated images of masculinity. This sometimes archaic and brutal, sometimes heartwarming and comic performance stretches back from the present to the time when naked fauns were believed to roam the forests.
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 Kopf Hoch/Simon Mayer, brut Wien, FREISCHWIMMER 2014/15, Im_flieger
Supported by Elio Gervasi/raum 33, ROSAS, Kunstencentrum BUDA, shareyourdarlings Plattform, the Austrian Province of Upper Austria, the Office of the Federal Chancellor, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Brussels, the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural AffairsThanks to Kulturverein SPIEL, Trachtenverein Altstädter Bauerngmoa, die Goaßschnalzer Munderfing, Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe, Fam. Mayer, Christian Schmeiser, Josef Schild, Jan Maria Lukas
Performance, Artistic Direction, Music Simon Mayer Sound & Live-Loop Pascal Holper Lighting design Lucas Gruber, Hannes Ruschbaschan Artistic guidance Frans Poelstra Technical director, lighting design (tour) Jeroen Smith Production creation Sophie Schmeiser Touring production Hiros, Kopf Hoch Photos Florian Rainer