deufert&plischke (DE)


21.00 Wednesday 28. October – Dansehallerne


In 1998 Thomas Plischke worked on his dance solo „Fleur“ as part of his final studies at P.A.R.T.S.. At the same time Kattrin Deufert was writing a fictional diary entitled „Mythos Europa“ alongside her dissertation at the Free University of Berlin. Today the artistwin deufert&plischke are themselves supervising art students in their graduations.  For their production Niemandszeit the roles have been exchanged. The students are their mentors for the “revival” and will be melting the two works into one. In a six-month working process movements and text were reformulated and woven into a new work. In the performance, the audience is invited to join deufert&plischke on stage to spend time and to reminisce about text and choreography.


“This duo-work is in its generous gesture beyond economic speculation on authorship or fairness between parts: by delegating work to students as colleagues in the process, by letting the spectator take over the stage in the performance. While deufert&plischke give more than they have from their common biography, the spectators actualize ways of being and sharing in the theatre space.”


For over ten years, the artistwin deufert&plischke have invited others not only to show their choreography but also to write it. Under the motto »Give us your material and we’ll show you what you’re not doing to it«, they have erased the ego of the artist time and again through collective writing with students at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT), several international academies and in collaboration with colleagues, they go by. In this way, choreography becomes a social writing practice, an act of weaving – not with the threads of aesthetic preferences but rather with the voices of existential threats such as war and love or philosophical concepts such as truth and freedom.


“Niemandszeit” is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.


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