Kattrin Deufert, PhD., born 1973, did theatre, film and media studies in Frankfurt, London and Brussels. During her studies she assisted several music theatre productions and worked as artistic programmer at the Goethe Institute Brussels. Together with Manfred H. Wenninger she founded the ensemble "Breakthrough" and developed performances using scores by John Cage. From 1997 to 2000 she was a member of the graduate college "Körper-Inszenierungen" at the FU Berlin and finished her PhD with a thesis on "John Cage's Theatre of Presence". She has published several articles on contemporary performance. She is cofounder of the Diskursive Poliklinik (DPK). Since 2001 she works together with Thomas Plischke with whom she founded the label "frankfurter küche (FK)". Deufert and Plischke have created and directed several performances as well as different media works using text, video and photography. They curate symposiums and teach at various art institutes.
Thomas Plischke was born 1971. He studied at the LMU in Munich and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Since 1997 he has choreographed several solo works which were shown internationally. He was a founding member of B.D.C. for which he choreographed and directed several works between 1999 and 2001. He founded frankfurter küche (FK) in 2001 together with Kattrin Deufert with whom he shares the artistic direction. Since 2001 this Label has produced several performances, slide and video installations, text and video publications. In 1998 Thomas Plischke was awarded the "Philip Morris Dance Scholarship" as most outstanding performer and in 2000 the " dance support prize" of the City of Munich. In the same year he was elected as "most important newcoming choreographer" by the annual critics' review of the publication "Ballett International / Tanz Aktuell".
The artist twin deufert + plischke (2001-06) created the trilogy "Directories" (2002-2006), "inEXhaustible" (2003), "As if (it was beautiful)" (2004), "Sofia SP / science is fiction" (2004). They taught workshops on composition, movement and aesthetics at various art institutes in Europe and Latin America (a.o. DasArts / Amsterdam, University of Leipzig, University of Frankfurt, KhiB / Bergen, P.A.R.T.S. Brussels, Casa Hoffmann / Curitiba, Goethe Institut Sofia, Kabelvag Filmschool / Lofoten Islands, Tanzquartier Vienna). In 2006 they are Guest Professors at the University of Hamburg (Department of Performance Studies).
The photo, video and performance work of deufert + plischke has been shown internationally. In the annual critics' review of the Belgian newspapers "De Standaard" and "De Morgen" their performance "as if (it was beautiful)" was mentioned as Best Performance 2004 by Elke Van Campenhout and within the Best 5 Performances 2004 by Jeroen Peeters.