Simon Mayer

Artistic Director

Simon Mayer is performer, choreographer and musician. He was born in Austria in 1984 and studied at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School, at the Performing Arts and Research Studios in Brussels (P.A.R.T.S.) and was a member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet.

He was singer and played the bass in the heavy metal band C.O.P and founded his band Rising Halfmoon as a singer, songwriter and guitarist in 2009. In 2014 Simon Mayer released his music album Monkeymind. followed by SunBengSitting and Sons of Sissy.

As a dancer, choreographer and musician he worked amongst others for Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker / Rosas (The Song), Wim Vandekeybus (Frisking)
and Zita Swoon. He choreographed several solos, duos and group performances which are internationally presented (O feather of
lead, Dancing with the soundhobbyist/zita swoon, Kopf hoch, Monkeymind, SunBengSitting, Sons of Sissy, Oh Magic etc.).

He received the outstanding artist award from the Austrain Chancellery in 2017 and the Annerkennungspreis des Lande Oberösterreich in 2018. Simon was artist in residence at Théâtre de L’L in Brussels and together with his association spiel he organizes the international artfestival SPIEL.

Simon Mayer teaches contemporary dance, community dance, traditional dance and voicetechniques (ImPulsTanz Vienna, steirischer herbst, and other international festivals, ...) and is a guest teacher at Music and Arts University of Vienna.