Bal Populaire Letters to Dance/Just in Time
deufert&plischke are coming to Brussels for three weeks to collect ‘letters to dance’. To end the project with a bang, they are inviting you to a veritable Bal Populaire. The collection of favourite dance moves is the basis for a great party with live music. While everybody dances, you will hear and see a selection of the best ‘Letters to Dance’ (by Benjamin Vandewalle, Alain Franco, Niels Bovri, Giulia Sugranyes, and many others).
• Over the last three years, Kattrin Deufert and Thomas Plischke have collected thousands of ‘Letters to Dance’. In Berlin, Tel Aviv, New York, Düsseldorf, and Los Angeles, they visited schools, retirement homes, libraries, cafés, universities, community centres, youth movements, and public squares – looking for dialogue partners to talk about… dance. Conversations with young and old, a panoply of colours, fit and not so fit, about the most varied styles of dance. From urban, ballroom, and ballet to folk and contemporary dance. At the end they always asked the same two questions: “Would you write a hand-written note to ‘dance’ and would you describe or sketch your favourite dance move?”. A selection of these letters has since been published in book form and they are currently working on a complete online archive.
concept deufert&plischke | with Benjamin Vandewalle, Alain Franco, Niels Bovri, Giulia Sugranyes | in co-production with Goethe-Institut | funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation