Simon Mayer / Kopf Hoch (AT/BE)

Oh Magic

A magical performance concert for four performers and robots, that together with the audience strives to rediscover something of the inner magic of our childhood. 

Is there any room left for magic in our hyper-rational lives? According to anthropologists, we use magical thinking to relate to those things we cannot rationally comprehend. And isn’t all the incredible technology that constantly surrounds us not a classic example of this? Mayer leads his musicians into a meditative state of consciousness that allows them to rediscover the intuitive relationship between body and instrument, playing like children. Like shamen of the technological era, they approach the spirits evoked by the complex interplay of light, sound and robotics. Striving, with the audience, to rediscover something of the inner magic of our childhood.

NL-Premiere: 14 March

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On March 15 the perfromance is free for We Are Public members. Reserve via Frascati kassa. 

Simon Mayer (1984) is an Austrian musician, performer and choreographer. He studied at the Ballet Academy of the Wiener Staatsoper and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, and was a member of the Staatsoper Ballet in Vienna. In 2009, he founded the band Rising Halfmoon. As a dancer, choreographer and musician he has been involved in productions by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (The Song), Wim Vandekeybus (Frisking) and Zita Swoon. His own repertoire consists of solos, duets and group choreographies performed all over the world: O feather of lead, Dancing with the Sound Hobbyist (Zita Swoon), Monkeymind. In 2016, he was at the Tweetakt Festival with SunBengSitting and with Sons of Sissy at SPRING Utrecht. Simon Mayer is artistic director of the Spiel festival, which he organises with his brothers. He also established the Kopf Hoch company in Vienna. Mayer teaches contemporary dance, group dance, traditional dance and vocal techniques.

© Anna Hein

Compography, concept & performanceSimon Mayer
Co-creation & performanceClara Frühstück, Patric Redl, Tobias Leibetseder & Manuel Wagner
Sound designTobias Leibetseder
Robot operatorManuel Wagner
Costume designAndrea Simeon
Lighting designHeinz Kasper
Head of electronics & operationJan Maria Lukas
Robotics & system integrationDominik Strzelec
SoundLukas Froschauer & Rene "Ringo" Grömer
LightHenri-Emmanuel Doublier
Technical coordinationGwen Lenoble
Coordination & lighting design on tourJan Maria Lukas
Software programmeingJulian Rubisch
DramaturgyRobert Steijn
Research & anthropological advice Justine François & Manuel Wagner
With thanks toJulian Rubisch, Frans Poelstra, Jason Zieglmaier, Viktor Delev, Jürgen Ropp, Arbeitsplatz Wien & Wim Muyllaert
PresentationKunstenfestivaldesarts & Charleroi Danses
ProductionHiros, Kopf hoch (Sophie Schmeiser & Anna Erb)
Co-produced byKunstenfestivaldesarts, steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen), Gessnerallee (Zürich), Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Trondheim), brut Wien, Centrale Fies (Dro) & Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek with GC De kroon (Brussel)
in cooperation withTanzquartier Wien, D.IDDance Identity, SPIEL & Klavierhaus A. Förstl
Supported byVlaamse Overheid, Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich & Österreichisches Kulturforum Brüssel, NXTSTP, the Culture Programme of the European Union.