Performing Collaboration in Solo Performance (Book)
A Duet Without You and Practice as Research
This book will entail the full-length performance score of A Duet Without You, an original piece of collaboratively devised theatre initiated, led and created by performance artist and scholar Chloé Déchery between 2013 and 2016. The book will also include a series of essays and critical responses written by leading theorists and theatre-makers as well as a template performance score that will be designed for anyone willing to re-interpret the original score and perform their own version of A Duet Without You.
This book provides an investigation grounded into performance practice and practice-as-research methodology on the issues of authorship and collaborative labour in a world more and more characterized by fragmentation, displacement and virtual communication and relationships. It addresses and playfully engages with the following questions: 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? How do we maintain a sense of 'being-together' while being alone in a room?
The book will entail the full-length definitive version of the performance score from A Duet Without You, an original performance piece created between 2013-2015 by Chloé Déchery in collaboration with a range of high-profile artistic collaborators working inter- and cross-disciplinary, including Karen Christopher (Goat Island), Michael Pinchbeck, Deborah Pearson (Forest Fringe), Simone Kenyon and Pedro Ins. Alongside the original performance scores, there will be a collection of complementary essays, ranging from performative responses and co-authored articles (such as letter-writing) to in-depth theoretical essays, written by a selection of pre-eminent writers, artists and academics including Laura Cull (Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies, University of Surrey), Clare Finburgh (Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies, University of Kent), Michael Pinchbeck (Lecturer in Theatre Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University), Diana Diaman (Exeunt, Ph.D student in Theatre Studies, Royal Holloway University) and Mary Paterson.
- A Foreword by senior lecturer Laura Cull
- Dialogic examination of Situated Dramaturgy and Practice-as-Research by Chloé Déchery and Michael Pinchbeck
- A Duet Without You, by Chloé Déchery, in collaboration with Pedro Ines, Simone Kenyon, Deborah Pearson and Tom Parkinson
- A Duet Without You, a template and instruction-led performance score, by Chloé Déchery
- 'An Invitation to Dance – Chloé Déchery’s A Duet Without You', by Mary Paterson
- 'On Duets and Duets without a partner', by Karen Christopher
- Letter-writing on A Duet Without You with Diana Diaman
- 'On Marguerite Duras and A Duet Without You', by Clare Finburgh