The works of deufert&plischke focus on time, memory, myth, and how we should live together. As an artistic duo, for more than 15 years they have adhered to the radical notion that choreography can build society, not merely illustrate it. Thus, collaboration and participation are central themes in deufert&plischke’s methodology, process and performance: in their multi-faceted work, be it a choreographic concert, lecture, or exhibition, theatre takes place only insofar as it can be knit together by everyone – artists and spectators – in the moment of performance. In the last two years, deufert&plischke have heralded the arrival of a “new epic theatre”, which considers Brecht’s notion in the light of post-dramatic theatre. This theatre interweaves the sensuous with the intellectual through the immediacy of body, voice and community. It unfolds as a landscape of choice and commitment for all, where the political is inherent to the act of theatre, and where art is defended as necessary excess. In their unrelenting search for expanded notions of (social) choreography, deufert&plischke have also recently turned their attention to letter-writing – a nostalgic medium for digital times, a once-private activity made public. A series, starting with Letter to John Cage by Valda Setterfield and followed by Hans-Thies Lehmann and Helene Varopoulou’s Brechtbrief, has been published in parallel to deufert&plischke’s last two premieres, and will continue to expand in their upcoming work.
InsTanzen plus (2015)
Theater as a social situation – from the common rehearsal to the performance – is the driving force of deufert&plischke’s choreographic form and artistic expression. Their works are authored collectively: from their first cooperation, Directory: Europe Endless (2002), which gave birth to the fictional biography of the artist twin, up to their current work, which was created in cooperation with over 20 participating artists, DURCHEINANDER (2015). In between, one finds work series (Anarchive IIII, Entropische Institute and Emergence Rooms) in which deufert&plischke developed their model of a new epic theatre. They were active as guest professors at various art schools and coordinated the Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels with Alain Franco.