In 2017-2018, Chloé Déchery has been working on three different artistic and research projects:
– the making of a site-specific performance project, On The Horizon, in collaboration with Australian choreographer Jane McKernan
– the publication of a book with UK publisher Intellect which will revisit the creative process behind the making of Chloé’s latest solo piece, A Duet Without You, while considering issues of co-authorship, collaborative practices and creative labour within duet-making, dramaturgy and practice-as-research.
– the writing of an essay-documentary, What Do You See When You Turn Out the Light?, conceived in collaboration with documentary film-maker Chris Eley

On The Horizon

is a performance project between choreographer Jane McKernan and Chloé Déchery, which takes the horizon as a starting point – as a conceptual framework and tangible space – to consider our relation to landscape and distance within a public space. After an initial research residency at Critical Path in Sydney in April 2015, the artists pursued their collaboration with another R&D residency hosted by Dance4 and InDialogue in Nottingham. This second residency culminated with the sharing of a presentation at Nottingham Contemporary on 1  December 2016 and the showing of a work-in-progress at King Edward’s Park on 2 December 2016.
During the residency at Dance4, the artists developed a shared language between choreography, writing and performance around the notion of the horizon; looking at how we inhabit a place and how we experience distance.  With this work, the artists hope to enable the spectators to grasp how the spectating act can actively help us reconsider and value our relationship to our natural and daily habitat.

The book A Duet Without You, Performing Collaboration in Solo Performance

is a new publication project contracted with UK publisher Intellect. It will be co-authored by Chloé Déchery and many collaborators involved in different capacities in the creative process of Chloé’s latest solo piece A Duet Without You.
The contributors include Dr Clare Finburgh (Goldsmith University), Michael Pincbeck (Lincoln University), Deborah Pearson, Simone Kenyon, Tom Parkinson and Matt Lewis, Mary Paterson, Diana Diaman and Karen Christopher.
The book will provide an investigation grounded into performance practice and practice-as-research methodology on the issues of co-authorship and collaborative labour in a world more and more characterized by fragmentation, displacement, virtual communication and long-distance relationships. It addresses and playfully engages with the following questions: what is a duet without a partner? How does the solo form adresses the absentee(s)? What is a collaborative body? How can one sole performer enact and convey a collaborative practice? How can one body on stage carry out several voices at once? Can we stand in for others? Can we speak on behalf of others? How can we nurture a sense of “being-together” through and despite absence?
The publication will provide an invaluable insight into an exemplary creative process typified by a rigorous practice-as-research methodology where practical experimentation and critical writing combine, merge and complete each other in order to generate creative material of both artistic excellence and critical value. It will stand as both an example of a professional and rigorous artistic practice which could be drawn upon for pedagogic objectives and as an experimental model for an exploratory array into devising, collaboration, fluid dramaturgy and co-authoring, collaboration and community.
The publication date is scheduled for autumn 2017.

What Do You See When You Turn Out the Light?

is an essay-film at the cross-over between an artist’s film, a documentary about a creative process and an experimental film combining fragmented writing and archival footage. The film takes at its heart the creative process conducted by French theatre-director Philippe Quesne leading to the making of his new theatre piece, La Nuit des Taupes (Welcome to Caveland!) to further explore the intertwined themes of darkness and creation while musing on various philosophical and literary references (including, notably, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave).
The film was screened for the first time at Nanterre-Amandiers on Saturday the 26th of November 2016 and was later screened at the Seghal Film Festival on Theatre and Performance in March 2017 in New-York.
The film was funded thanks to the supports of generous patrons (see the list of the benefactors below) and with the support from Nanterre-Amandiers (co-production Moustache).
For more information, you can look at the page dedicated to the project on this website

List of the benefactors :
Françoise et Bernard Guérini
Florence de Ponthaud
Françoise et François Lemarchand
Vincent Rouxel
Anne-Marie et Philippe Daemlincourt
Martine et Philippe Haspeslagh
Brigitte et Thierry Pascaut
Pascale et Guy Berruyer
Gilles Besnoit
Marie-Catherine et Charles-Henri Flammarion
Patrick Bernard
Nicole et Bernard Thiérée
Annie Clair
Agnès et Laurent Perpère
Yolande et Pascal Coupin
Catherine et Pierre Delarue
Anne-Marie et Jean-François Bijon
Eloi Déchery
Marie et Bertrand Déchery