Kattrin Deufert (DE)

Kattrin Deufert is one half of the artistic duo deufert&plischke. The works of deufert&plischke focus on time, memory, myth, and how we should live together. As an artistic duo for more than 17 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. Choreography thus becomes a social activity, not determined by aesthetic principles, but by existential and philosophical concepts such as war and peace, freedom and truth. 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. They author their works collectively. 

The theatre of the Berlin based artistwin deufert&plischke 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. In August 2019 they premier their new dance piece »Liebestod« in the frame of the Berlin dance festival »Tanz im August«.


Photo: deufert&plischke.