The Schuhplattler is more than just a traditional courtship dance from the Alpine region and should no longer be only reserved for men. So how can we change it?
In this workshop, the Austrian dance artist Simon Mayer will teach you different traditional Schuhplattler, you will invent new ones and enrich them with related forms such as body percussion, contemporary dance, improvisational elements and ritual practices, without losing the fun and group dynamics of folk dances. According to the interest in the group, you will also experiment with other traditional practices from the region Mayer grew up in, like yodeling, juchatzen, traditional clapping rhythms (Paschen) and whipping! In addition technical, spiritual and ritual aspects, as well as healing approaches to these traditions are taught.
Please register by sending an e-mail with name and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org within the 1st of September!
The workshops are open to performing artists (such as dancers and actors) and artists from other genres with interest for and experience from movement work. PLEASE NOTE: The different workshops require different experience level, but don’t hesitate to ask us if you are unsure of your qualification. PRODA-members are of course welcome in all workshops, and art students are welcome to apply for participation.
Simon Mayer, performer, choreographer and musician, was born in Austria in 1984 and studied at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School, at the Performing Arts and Research Studios in Brussels (PARTS) and was a member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. 2009 he founded his band „Rising Halfmoon“ as singer, songwriter and guitarist. Mayer worked amongst others for Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and Zita Swoon. He choreographed several solos, duos and grouppieces which are internationally presented (o feather of lead, dancing with the soundhobbyist/zita swoon, monkeymind, SunBengSitting, Sons of Sissy etc.). Simon Mayer was artist in residency at Theatre de L’L in Brussels and together with his association spiel he organizes the international artfestival “spiel”.