Oh Magic

Oh Magic, … wanders through the wonders of theatrical magic.

It is that mysterious unnamable thing we sometimes have the chance to encounter in a piece. But, where does it come from and where does it take us? What fascinates us as a performer or as a spectator? Somewhere between freak and fascination, Simon Mayer and his performers seek for the answers both in technological manipulation and organic oracles.

Oh Magic, … is a live concert, played by robots and performers. Using musical instruments in an unconventional way they bring dance and performance, music and soundscapes, robotics and visual arts together on stage.

Our futuristic fantasies take shape in today's technology, which never seizes to fascinate and –even if only a little— grab us by the troat. Our double relationship to robotics is prominently present in the universe of Oh Magic,... where performers and machines meet, with trembling voices and childlike curiosity.

He finds his desire for the unpolluted answered in oriental, shamanic rituals, trance rituals, in the repetitive nature of folk culture, but just as well in abstract, contemporary dance and experimental music.

Oh Magic, …, brings together the strength of technological magic, and the enchantment of pure simplicity, and lets them interact without prejudice.

Compography, concept & performance Simon Mayer
Co-creation & performance Clara Frühstück, Patric Redl, Tobias Leibetseder, Manuel Wagner
Sound design Tobias Liebetseder
Robot operator Manuel Wagner
Costumes Andrea Simeon
Light Heinz Kasper
Technical director and operator Jan Maria Lukas
Robotics, electronics & engineering Dominik Strzelec
Sound Lukas Froschauer, Rene „Ringo“ Grömer
Dramaturgy Robert Steijn
Research and anthropologic advice Justine François, Manuel Wagner
Production Hiros, Kopf Hoch (Sophie Schmeiser & Anna Erb)

Thanks to Julian Rubisch, Frans Poelstra, Jason Zieglmaier, Viktor Delev, Jürgen Ropp, Arbeitsplatz Wien

Co-production steirischer herbst, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Gessnerallee, Teaterhuset Avant Garden, brut Wien,  Centrale Fies, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek with GC De kroon

With the support of Vlaamse Overheid, Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Österreichisches Kulturforum Brüssel

In collaboration with Tanzquartier Wien, D.ID Dance Identity, SPIEL, Klavierhaus A. Förstl

Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union


Tour Dates

Date City Venue Country
03.11.2018 Potsdam unidram Germany
14.09.2018 - 15.09.2018 Trondheim Teaterhuset Avant Garden Norway
07.08.2018 Vienna Volkstheater Austria
ImPulsTanz Festival
16.06.2018 Ingolstadt Stadttheater Ingolstadt Germany
13.06.2018 Iwan-Frankivsk Porto Franko Fest Ukraine
15.04.2018 Utrecht Stadsschouwbourg Utrecht Netherlands
Tweetakt Festival
14.03.2018 - 15.03.2018 Amsterdam Something Raw Netherlands
02.12.2017 - 03.12.2017 Zürich Gessnerallee Switzerland
03.11.2017 - 04.11.2017 Bern Dampfzentrale Switzerland
Tanz in Bern
24.10.2017 - 25.10.2017 Vienna brut Austria
19.10.2017 - 21.10.2017 Vienna brut Austria
23.09.2017 - 24.09.2017 Graz Dom im Berg Austria
steirischer herbst
09.08.2017 - 10.08.2017 Nyon FAR° Festival des Arts Vivants Switzerland
17.05.2017 - 20.05.2017 Brüssel La Raffinerie Belgium
Kunstenfestival des Arts
22.04.2017 Vienna brut Austria
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