A glaring dance spectacle about populists in power

COWBOYS

COWBOYS is a bubbling, sizzling, hoarse dance spectacle about populists in power.

It celebrates the shamelessness and egomania, the blustering self-confidence and the unscrupulous assault with which populists take the law into their own hands. It dances the feverish underdogs who make these cowboys heroes, and the indignant liberals who fuel the cauldron with their sincerity and outrage.

Somewhere on the fringes you can see the cowboys’ mythical favorite enemy: Islam, the establishment, the liberals, the Jews — depending on the zeitgeist and locality. And because the Cowboys always have to shoot someone, death also dances along.

COWBOYS is a cracking symbiosis of brilliant tap dancing and a crude, exuberant, furiously inspired physicality of the dance images. Eruptive, shrill and intoxicating.

COWBOYS Video Trailer

Press about COWBOYS

[…] And this with highly sensitive leg and footwork, one wants to speak for moments of ‘tap dance romance’, of tapped tenderness. As if one tries to dance against the growing dimensions of self-destruction, in which even the performers sometimes literally fall by the wayside.

In the end, when the noisy hero-myths have come undone, when that search begins, when the dance resonates sounds that conjure moments of internalization, along with movements and postures of the bodies, which are of meditative power, then it is clear that the crackling escape into a self-promoting heroism was just that: an escape, and not an option.

But that this dance company is on its way, that is not to be overlooked. The fact that this company could find very own ways through the labyrinths of contemporary dance with their unique and individually invigorated dance technique is a joyful observation.

Boris Michael Gruhl, tanznetz.de

When the collective energy of dance and music hits the audience like a brick wall. Or when, in contrast, Helen Duffy “taps” barefoot and gives the powerful rhythmic movement staccatos an extremely delicate and silently flowing quality at the same time. Which is similarly touching as the moment when Janne Eraker transforms into a buffalo with nothing but her movement capacities in front of the audience. And the fact that the band attends this transformation in silence shows a dramaturgical instinct, that allows this silence to open up space. To become wideness – prairie wideness.

[…] It seems like a reference to those long-gone times, when dancing still helped, because it was a sacred and healing act.

Steffen Georgi, Leipziger Volkszeitung

Guest performance promotion

COWBOYS is the first of two full-length pieces of the multi-year TAP TRANSFORM project to be funded in the Double Pass Fund of the Federal Cultural Foundation. The cooperation between LOFFT — The Theater, the Theater Koblenz and the Sebastian Weber Dance Company lasts until the end of 2020 and is dedicated to the development of a visually powerful, grooving and dramaturgically conclusive form of contemporary tap dance.

Within the framework of this special promotion, guest performances of the production are eligible to extra support. The aim of this additional funding is to expand a sustainable network of production partners for the Sebastian Weber Dance Company.

production details

duration

75 mins

Team

7 Dancers
3 musicians
1 assistant
1 technician (on demand)

stage

Minimum 10 x 10 m, black box, wooden floor or black dance rug on wooden floor

With a good local technical team, setup and performance are possible on the same day.

Cast & Team

Dance

Andrea Alvergue
Helen Duffy
Janne Eraker
Vilma Kananen
Nikolai Kemeny
Samuel Vére
Sebastian Weber

Music

Werner Neumann (guitars)
Steffen Greisiger (organ)
Tom Friedrich (Drums)

Choreography

Sebastian Weber + Company

Choreography assistance

Michela Pesce

Composition

Werner Neumann, Steffen Greisiger

dramaturgical advice

Lidy Mouw
Guy Cools

Light

Jakob Bauer

Production Management

Josepha Vogel

Photos

Tom Dachs

Production

Gesa Volland and Sebastian Weber GbR in partnership with
LOFFT — Das Theater

Funded by

German Federal Cultural Foundation, Fonds Doppelpass
Cultural Foundation of the State of Saxony
City of Leipzig, Kulturamt