Just in Time started in 2016 as a dance heritage project. The idea behind it is to consider dance history as an instantaneous and local phenomenon written by people from their memories, experiences and desires. This project creates a collective and messy imaginary world which is created hand in hand by the amateur, the left-out, the other, the kid, the professional. The aim is not to claim an alternative history, but rather to add a chaotic and open source to the clean and curated trajectory of the so-called dance history.
For the Just in Time project we work with local communities in different cities across the world. We start with workshops where we introduce ourselves and the project, and then we facilitate discussions about dance. We do this by leading choreographic games and creating space for open discussion. These discussions usually center around personal stories from all the participants. Together, we begin to analyze the field of dance through language and through the act of writing. We first ask that the participants write or draw their favorite movements. This acts as a warm-up into the writing practice. After that we ask that they directly address dance in the form of a letter. This is an opportunity for one to write down one’s own experiences with dance, whether it is moments of happiness or frustrations, all experiences are taken into consideration. In each city we want to meet many different communities, from professional dancers to elderly people, from school kids to people suffering from disease, from social projects to university libraries. The most fulfilling aspect of this project is the culmination of the project as a whole. At the end of the series of workshops we hold a ball in which we ask all the people who participated in the workshops to join us for a final dance. This event is a chance for all the people we have met to come together and dance the favourite movements that were written down by the other participants. We enjoy this experience very much especially since we get to meet people from all diverse kinds of backgrounds and talk about dance. We are continuously building a growing resource from all the letters of dance we have received in Berlin, Tel Aviv, New York, Düsseldorf, Los Angeles ... and all the places that this project will travel to in the future.
Just in Time is our most radical approach to audience inclusion yet, because the entire project is built together with the audience who provide the content (letters), choreographic material (favorite movements) and performance (ballroom) of the Project. (deufert&plischke 2018)
Niels Bovry, Franky Dee, Signal Dahan, Kattrin Deufert, Alain Franco, Michal Gefen, Annett Hardegen, Brian "HallowDreamz" Henry, Beth Hogan, Kate Hutter-Mason, Miriam Jakob, Roni Katz, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Omer Krieger, Cynthia Loemij, Eric Mason, Bettina Masuch, Lee Meir, Barbara Müller-Wittmann, Janet Panetta, Hilde Peeters, Thomas Plischke, Valentina Primavera, Marina Aikaterini Rouka, Kareth Schaffer, Valda Setterfield, Esther Severi, Giulia Sugranyes, Breayre Tender, Shade Theret, Benjamin Vandewalle, Lana Willems, Jamie Wright.
The Just in Time Project in Berlin, Tel Aviv and New York has been made possible by funding of the Tanzfonds Erbe – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Coproduction of the Goethe Institute. The Just in Time Project Düsseldorf was made possible by the Tanzhaus NRW. The Just in Time Project Los Angeles was made possible by the Odyssey Theatre Los Angeles in partnership with the Goethe Institute Los Angeles. Funded by NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Departments of Culture and Arts of the German federal state.