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.
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.
nsTanzen plus (2015)