For 2019, Chloé Déchery is developing a new multi-folded performance project, Première, which seeks out to uncover possible alternative narratives and trajectories of female artists (real and imaginary); playing with the notions of the « alter ego » within the frame of autobiographical performance. For this, Chloé is working on a new playtext (her first); a two-handler performance score (with a new guest performer for each performance), a film installation of interviews with senior female artists and a art history conference entitled « Marcel.le B. Kuntz or On the Unseen Face of The Artist ».

Future research and development residencies include: Critical Path, Sydney, Australia (May 2019) and Studio-théâtre d’Ivry, France (September 2019).

Chloé Déchery is currently working on a book which includes the playtext of her previous performance « A Duet Without You » and which is entitled Performing Collaboration in Solo Performance, « A Duet Without You » and Performance as Research. It is due to be published with Intellect and will be released in early 2020.

Chloé Déchery’s recent performance work also include the development of On The Horizon (Nanterre Amandiers, 23 June 2018; Dance 4, Nottingham, development residency, November-December 2016; Critical Path, research residency, April 2015).

Recently, the film What Do You See When You Turn Out the Light?, an essay-documentary conceived in collaboration with documentary film-maker Chris Eley, was screened at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris (21 September 2018) and the Segal Festival of Film for Theatre and Performance in New-York (5 March 2017).

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. The work was shown in a French version for the first time at Nanterre Amandiers on the 23rd of June 2018 as part of the even « The Artist-as-Researcher and the Researcher-as-Artist » (first season of the research project « Performer les savoirs/Performing Knowledge »), co-led by Chloé Déchery and Marion Boudier.
During this process of researching and making together, Déchery and MacKernan developed a shared language between choreography, writing and performance set 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 Performing Collaboration in Solo Performance, « A Duet Without You » and Practice as Research 

is a new publication project contracted with UK publisher Intellect. It is 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 Pinchbeck (Lincoln University), Deborah Pearson, Tom Parkinson, Marty Langthorne, Mary Paterson, Diana Diaman and Karen Christopher.
The book provides 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 provides 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 stands 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 early 2020.

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