The Long Run
Sebastian Weber

Staatstheater Darmstadt – Kammerspiele

Sat. 4.11. I 7.30 pm, followed by Meet the Artist

Sun. 5.11. I 7.30 pm


Duration: 75 min. 
Language: English with German subtitles
Tickets: 17€/ reduced 9 €

Teaser (via Vimeo)

In New York in the early 90s the dancer and choreographer Sebastian Weber found the city’s tap dancing scene to be an environment that seemed to have left racism behind. “If you have a pair of tap shoes on, you are in!” said Gregory Hines and his brother Maurice agreed with him: “Dancers don’t see colour” – something he viewed as positive. The Black maestros of jazz tap lived in a solidary community of tap dancers that accepted Weber as a young white European.

Now, 30 years later, racism and white privilege persist. In his solo The Long Run Sebastian Weber examines his own role as a white man in a Black art form and asks: was the apparent equality in the tap dance scene back then just an illusion? How can individual memories and personal experiences be reinterpreted retrospectively? And are the utopias of that time still imaginable today?

The Long Run is a piece about cultural appropriation and identity, about the responsibilities of white artists and about racism. At the same time it is a dance about transience and memory and an exploration of the body as a site where encounters and memories are stored.

Dance & Choreography: Sebastian Weber
Assistant Choreographer: Vilma Kananen
Dramaturgical Associate: Lia Haraki
Movement Coach: Eddie Bruno Oroyan
Production Management: Jenny Schmidt, Tim Rosentreter

A production by Sebastian Weber Dance Company in co-operation with LOFFT — Das Theater, supported by Hessisches Staatsballett as part of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. Supported by the City of Leipzig, Office for Culture, Fonds Darstellende Künste in the frame of the programme NEUSTART KULTUR and Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.

Photo: Vilma Kananen, Volland