Chloé Déchery is a performer, writer and theatre-maker working between London and Paris.
Since 2007, Chloé has been creating a range of performance works for theaters and public spaces, using a combination of storytelling and fragmented narratives, anthropological & philosophical observations, task-based choreography, video footage and found objects. About Epic , The Guardian said: “A boisterous, intelligent energy knits everything together and poses hefty questions in a playful way”. About Useful Knowledge to Know , What’s on Stage stated: “Her movement is elegant and her body’s message is poignant.” With her work, Chloé likes to blur the frontiers between fact and fiction, the everyday and the autobiographical while playfully deconstructing the mechanics of theatrical representation; interrogating what we see and what remains hidden from us. Her research interests include everyday corporeality; ethics of failure; the politics of co-authorship; language and cultural identity; the mundane and the sublime; how we present ourselves to the world and how we interact with our environment. More recently, Chloé has been developing a series of interdisciplinary collaborations with artists coming from other fields such as dramaturgy, sound composition, choreography and practice-as-research; exploring thinking through practice and ways through which artistic experiment and critical discourse can interplay with one another. Chloé is engaged in the dynamics of collaboration, across fields and internationally. She is interested in negotiating and working out dissensus through dialogue. She often works with theater director Lucy Foster, documentary film-maker Chris Eley, performance artist Simone Kenyon, theatre-maker Deborah Pearson and playwright Michael Pinchbeck.
About A Duet Without You , Mary Paterson says: “both intricate and light, its skilfulness spun into the progress of time, like a ballroom duet or a piece of classical music.”
About Epic (a Foster & Déchery production), The Guardian said: “A boisterous, intelligent energy knits everything together and poses hefty questions in a playful way.”
About Useful Knowledge to Know , What’s on Stage stated: “Her movement is elegant and her body’s message is poignant.”
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Over the last ten years, Chloé’s performance works have been regularly funded by Arts Council England and the British Council and have been supported by Corn Exchange Newbury, Shoreditch Townhall, or the National Theater Studio. Her work has toured extensively in the UK (Soho Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Exchange, Northern Stage, Forest Fringe, Mayfest festival, Pulse) and abroad (Estonia, Australia). Since Chloé moved to Paris in 2015, her work has been supported by Nanterre Amandiers, Théâtre du Colombier in Bagnolet, le Studio-théâtre de Vitry and the 104.
Chloé has a PhD from Nanterre University, her thesis was entitled ‘Everyday Corporality: Bodies on Stage in Contemporary Performance in England and in France, 1991-2011’. She is a Maître de Conférences (Lecturer) in Theater and Performance Studies at Paris 8 University in Saint-Denis, France.
As a performer, Chloé has worked with a range of artists including Ivana Müller, Improbable, Rajni Shah and Sheila Ghelani. She also often works as a dramaturge for other artists and theater companies.