Why do you do what you do?
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 cooperations, postpolitical coincidences and how to knit your own private political body (2001) and Directory: Europe Endless (2003), which gave birth to the fictional biography of the artistwin, up to their current work, Just in Time 2016, their most radical approach to audience involvement yet, because the entire project is built with the audience, who provide the content (letters), choreographic material (favorite movements), and performance (ballroom) of the project. Over a period of three years (2016 -18), they are collecting personal memories, experiences, opinions, clichés, and anecdotes in "letters to dance" written by people in Berlin, New York, and Tel Aviv. Participants hand-write a personal letter, address it to dance, and sketch or describe a favorite movement for a final ball.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
There is a perfect video for this: How we do, what we do, when we do it.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
The artist is like an anthropologist in his/her own society, investigating its myths, rites, behaviour, its common imaginary. The work of the artist is to unveil the social, political, aesthetic, moral … limitations of the society he/she lives in by means of artistic intervention, and in the same time to facilitate an experimental set-up to encounter and transgress these limitations.