Sons of Sissy

A cosmos of traditions, folk dances and folk music

In an experimental way, four performers and musicians make use of traditional alpine live music, various group dances and ritualistic practices.

Subject to change
Sons of Sissy Odeon
© Hannes Buchinger

Simon Mayer, Matteo Haitzmann, Patric Redl, Simon Wehrli (Artists)
Simon Mayer, Alexander Charim for the European Theatre Festival (curators)
Art in Motion – Verein zur Förderung von interdisziplinärer u. transformativer Kunst, Lisa Anetsmann (project manager)

Sonja Zobel (Head of Programme Performing Arts and Literature)

October 2024

About the project

Experimental performance that humorously breaks traditional male role models in customs in the interplay of live alpine music, group dances and ritualistic practices. The production will be shown as part of the Salzkammergut Fringe Festival in October 2024.

The city newspaper Falter named Simon Mayer’s solo piece SunBengSitting one of the top theater pieces of 2014 in its end-of-the-year review and described it as a “pleasant, naked yodeling interplay of folk and contemporary dance”. In Sons of Sissy, the cosmos of traditions, folk dances and folk music that the Upper Austrian farm boy Simon Mayer grew up with is once again in focus.

Using experimental approaches, four performers and musicians dedicate themselves to traditional live alpine music, group dances and ritualistic practices. They liberate these from conservatism and conventions, establish a fusion of artistic new interpretations and temporary social meanings. Going far beyond all categorizations and compartmentalized thinking, the Sons of Sissy live up to their name: at times they present themselves as a quirky folk music quartet, at times as an experimentally playful ritual dance combination and break the traditional customary male role models in a radical and humorous manner.