The Long Run

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Stage size
9×9 m

75 minutes


Age recommendation


In the solo “The Long Run” Sebastian Weber examines his own role as a white man in a black art form.

In the early 1990s, Sebastian experienced the New York tap dance scene as a place that had left racism behind. The black masters of jazz tap practiced tap as a community of solidarity into which they welcomed young Europeans with open arms. “If you have a pair of tap shoes on, you are in!” said Gregory Hines, and his brother Maurice seconded “Dancers don’t see color” – and meant it as a positive.

Thirty years later, a new understanding of racism and privilege is shaking the certainties of that time. Was the community with the old masters an error? If so, how might it be corrected? And are the utopias of that time still thinkable today?

The Long Run is a piece about cultural appropriation and identity, white responsibility and racism. It is also a dance about ephemerality and memory and the body as a archive of encounters and stories.



Fri 27. 20:00 21:15
LOFFT – Das Theater
Sat 28. 20:00 21:15
LOFFT – Das Theater
Sun 29. 16:00 17:15
LOFFT – Das Theater


Sat 04. 20:00 21:15
Staatstheater Darmstadt Darmstadt
Sat 04. 20:00 21:15
Staatstheater Darmstadt Darmstadt
Sun 05. 20:00 21:15
Staatstheater Darmstadt Darmstadt
Tue 07. 20:00 21:30
Theaterhaus Jena Schillergäßchen 1, 07745
Sat 11. 20:00 21:15
Tue 21. 20:00 21:15
Ruhrfestspielhaus Recklinghausen


Sat 02. 20:00 21:15
Theater Idar-Oberstein Wilhelmstraße 22


Sebastian Weber


Dance & Choreography
Sebastian Weber

Choreography assistance
Vilma Kananen

Dramaturgical accompaniment
Lia Haraki

Movement coach
Eddie Bruno Oroyan

Costume design
Nele Sternberg

Production Management
Jenny Schmidt, Tim Rosentreter

Jörg Singer

Sebastian Weber Dance Company in cooperation with LOFFT – Das Theater, with the support of Hessisches Staatsballett in the context of Tanzplattform Rhein Main, a project of Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm and Hessisches Staatsballett

Supported by

City of Leipzig, Cultural Office, Fonds Darstellende Künste within the framework of the NEUSTART KULTUR program and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.