COWBOYS is a furious piece about populists in power. About the rat catchers, who are depicted as lone fighters against the establishment and who are celebrated and sanctified by their “people”. It’s about the thrill of violence, the bizarre clownery. It’s about the power of these underdog stories, and our role in them.

Populism is show. But showbiz is our territory!

With 7 dancers and 3 musicians, COWBOYS is our biggest production ever. It’s rougher and gloomier than the others, erratic, confusing. A mix of exhilaration and requiem. Dancing COWBOYS is an intense journey: It begins as a Western cliché and then crashes like an avalanche, loud and reckless, until a moment of complete silence, where we can start anew, beaten but upright.

To our complete surprise, we won the Saxon Dance Prize 2019 for COWBOYS.

If you come to watch COWBOYS, be sure to bring ear plugs with you and let yourself be carried away. The piece is made to be felt, not heard.

Absolutely compelling!

Radio Mephisto Leipzig

Political tap dance theater

MDR Kultur

[…] with highly sensitive leg and foot work, one can liken it to moments of ‘tap romance’, of tapped tenderness. It is like trying to dance against the dimensions of self-destruction that are taking hold, in which – figuratively speaking – dancers sometimes fall by the wayside.
[...] you can’t help but notice that this dance company is on its way up.

Boris Michael Gruhl,

When, through music and dance, this collective wall of energy crashes in on the audience, it seems like a reference to long-gone times when dancing still helped, because it was a sacred and healing act.

Steffen Georgi, Leipziger Volkszeitung

Highly virtuoso tap dance in all imaginably staged formations and variations with wonderfully humorous theatrical interludes, masterful, certainly, with magnificent dramatic composition.

Claudia Feest, Laudatio Sächsischer Tanzpreis

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

Sebastian Weber + Company

Michela Pesce

Werner Neumann (Gitarren)
Steffen Greisiger (Orgel)
Tom Friedrich (Drums)

Werner Neumann, Steffen Greisiger

Dramaturgical Advice
Lidy Mouw
Guy Cools

Light Design
Jakob Bauer

Production Management
Josepha Vogel

Tom Dachs

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

Funded by
German Federal Cultural Foundation, Doppelpass Fund City of Leipzig, Cultural Office Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony


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