Simon Mayer Brussels / Vienna

Oh Magic

Simon Mayer (b. 1984) is an Austrian musician, performer and choreographer. He studied at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, and was member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. In 2009, he founded the band Rising Halfmoon as its singer, guitarist and songwriter. As a dancer, choreographer and musician he has been involved in productions by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and Zita Swoon. His own choreographic repertoire includes solos, duets and group pieces that have been performed widely on the international performing arts scene. He is artistic director of the festival Spiel, which he started with his brothers. In Vienna he founded the association Kopf Hoch. He teaches contemporary dance, community dance, traditional dance and voice techniques.

Coming from rural Austria, Simon Mayer has always been fascinated by forms of folklore that he likes to subvert while retaining the power of the collective pleasure they produce. In his new show Oh Magic he confronts the technological and manipulative magic of theatre with the organic and spiritual magic of traditional rituals. He creates a level playing field between human elements and technical elements, music and dance, in search of a new harmony. Exploring the therapeutic potential of movement and sound and drawing on meditation and shamanism, Oh Magic attempts to establish a profound connection between living beings and reconciles people used to the old way of life with their technological environment.

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), steirischer herbst (Graz), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen)