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Performing Collaboration in Solo Performance

A Duet Without You and Practice as Research

This book investigates performance practice and practice-as-research methodology on the issues of authorship and collaborative labor in a world characterized by fragmentation, displacement, and virtual relationships. It addresses 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? How can one maintain a sense of community while being alone in a room?

Performing Collaboration in Solo Performance presents the full-length definitive version of the performance score from Chloé Déchery’s original performance piece entitled A Duet Without You, created between 2013 and 2015 in collaboration with a range of high-profile artists including Karen Christopher, Michael Pinchbeck, Deborah Pearson, Simone Kenyon, and Pedro Ins. A collection of essays by preeminent writers, artists, and academics in the field complement the original performance scores, ranging from performative responses to in-depth theoretical essays. Bridging practical experiment and theoretical examination, this innovative interdisciplinary volume will appeal to anyone working in between artistic practices and scholarly research. 

200 pages | 15 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

  1. A Foreword by senior lecturer Laura Cull 
  2. Dialogic examination of Situated Dramaturgy and Practice-as-Research by Chloé Déchery and Michael Pinchbeck 
  3. A Duet Without You, by Chloé Déchery, in collaboration with Pedro Ines, Simone Kenyon, Deborah Pearson and Tom Parkinson 
  4. A Duet Without You, a template and instruction-led performance score, by Chloé Déchery 
  5. ’An Invitation to Dance – Chloé Déchery’s A Duet Without You’, by Mary Paterson 
  6. ’On Duets and Duets without a partner’, by Karen Christopher 
  7. Letter-writing on A Duet Without You with Diana Diaman
  8. ’On Marguerite Duras and A Duet Without You’, by Clare Finburgh

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