a hybrid of cultures & klischees

FOLK FICTION

Hybrid Folklore

In FOLK FICTION, the Sebastian Weber Dance Company invents its own folklore: a raucous mix of cultures and clichés, at the same time superficial and archaic, laughable and powerful, fictitious and real. The piece is a tumultuous commentary on questions of collective identity and finds its answers in the hybrid, the irritating, the constantly changing.

Press about FOLK FICTION

Dancing Force of Nature to Reflect

“In fact, all bodies become instruments in which the energy flows from the soles of the feet, from the tip of the toes through all parts of the body, to the arms and fingertips. It is precisely that energy that finally puts everyone and everything into irresistible motion.

Moments of calm, of concentration, in which all dancers find each other in the darkened or only sparingly illuminated room, become a large body, reinforce the dynamics of this dancing primal force, which breaks out again in the next moment. A primal force that hardly seems possible to resist. Amidst all the enthusiasm, which shows in the long-lasting applause of the premiere visitors, this also provokes thought. After all, primal power exists in many forms, is structuring, manipulative, above all intricate and therefore more dangerous in groups. The message of “Folk Fiction” strikes.

— Rhein-Neckar Zeitung

Premiere at the Theater Koblenz

Stage photos of Katharina Diehlenhein:

Rehearsing FOLK FICTION

Rehearsal photos from the first research week in Leipzig. By Jörg Singer:

Guest performance promotion

After COWBOYS, FOLK FICTION is the second full-length piece of the multi-year TAP TRANSFORM project and is funded in the Doppelpass Fund of the German 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.

As part of the Doppelpass programme, guest performances of the productions are particularly supported. The aim is to expand a sustainable network of production partners for the Sebastian Weber Dance Company.

production details

duration

approx. 65 minutes

Team

7 Dancers
1 assistant
1 technician (on demand)

stage

Minimum 10 x 7 m, better 12 x 10.
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

Choreography

Sebastian Weber + Company

Choreography assistance

Michela Pesce, Andrea Alvergue

Dramaturgy

Steffen Fuchs

Costume design

Anna Spenn

Production Management

Josepha Vogel

Photos

Tom Dachs (poster and stage photos)

Jörg Singer (social media content, rehearsal and backstage)

Production

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

Funded by

German Federal Cultural Foundation, Fonds Doppelpass