A Duet Without You
This started with three collaborators, Deborah, Simone, Pedro, and myself spending ten days together in a room. In a room much like the one we now find ourselves in tonight.
This is part of a conversation I try and sustain with three collaborators who are not in the room anymore. These people are not here with us tonight because…
Because I had to send them away.
A Duet Without You is a solo performance trying (and inevitably failing) to be a duet. Re-enacting a pas-de-deux without a partner, Chloé Déchery embarks on a series of intermittent conversations on memory, authorship, collective labour and long-distance relationships with collaborators Simone Kenyon, Deborah Pearson and Pedro Inês. Beyond distance and despite absence, they try to experience what it means to be in the same room together and what it means to be apart.
The performance, with its contemplative tone and poetic atmosphere, playfully incorporates the voices from the absent collaborators within a vivid soundscape while the carefully crafted stage design reveals a rich visual tapestry; which, in turns, evokes a Parisian café, a woman lost at sea, a Flemish painting. Paper waves bristling in the wind, a pair of hands coated in talc, a room plunged in darkness; mundane and delicate material progressively converge and converse to create a sonic and visual poem on stage.