Staging Absence and Performing Collaboration in A Duet Without You
Chloé Déchery reflects back on, and offers an insight into, the creative process and collaborative dramaturgy involved in the creation of A Duet Without You; a solo performance she co-created with several collaborators between 2013 and 2015. Doing so, she examines the interplay between the staging of absence and the making and unmaking of collective memory that are at stake in the performance, and at a wider level, in performance-making in general. Initially, the performance piece stemmed from the idea of making absence visible. This chapter takes the form of an essay and combines practice-as-research methodology and theoretical enquiry with extracts from the performance text and from the correspondence carried out with the artists involved in the making of the show as an aide mémoire of the process.
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