a collaborative research project that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice

International Resident Artists

InDialogue is pleased to announce the resident artists  for InDialogue 2016 

Chloé Déchery and Jane McKernan


On the Horizon

On The Horizon is a performance project between Chloé Déchery and Jane McKernan, who will be in residence at Dance4 in November, ahead of the InDialogue 2016 symposium and performance evening. The residency is a collaboration between InDialogue and Dance4 and is funded by Arts Council England.

On The Horizon is a performance project between theatre maker Chloé Déchery and choreographer Jane McKernan, which takes the horizon as a starting point – as a conceptual framework and tangible space – to consider our relation to the landscape and distance within a public space. On The Horizon offers an immersive and intimate experience for a small group of spectators. The piece invites the spectators to gather in an outdoor site, sit in front of a particular vista and listen to a podcast commenting upon the landscape set in front of them. Combining a semi-documentary narrative, a dreamy soundscape with choreographic interventions set within the space, the piece enables the spectators to understand how the spectating act can inform and shift our relationship to your natural environment. What do we see when we look around? What can’t we see? How can we train our eyes to “see better”?

Chloé Déchery and Jane McKernan are running workshops with the local community as part of this project at Sneinton Primary School.

You are invited to join Chloé Déchery and Jane McKernan for a walk and talk on Monday 28 November 2016

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Chloé Déchery is a French theatre-maker working in London and Paris and everywhere in-between. Chloé makes performance works for theatre and public spaces, using a combination of storytelling, anthropological observations, task-based choreography, video footage and found objects. She likes to blur frontiers between fact and fiction, between the everyday and the autobiographical, while playfully deconstructing the mechanics of representation; interrogating what we see and what remains hidden from us.

Jane McKernan is an award-winning Australian performer, choreographer and co-founder of the collaborative trio The Foundue Set (Green room Award 2009; Keir Choreographic Audience Choice Award, 2015). Her dance practice is interested in modes to guide an audience’s attention and perception.

InDialogue International Resident Artists 2014

Rajni Shah and Karen Christopher 

In Dialogue Residency in partnership with Dance4 and hosted by Backlit.

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Title of presentation: We are capable of so much more: experiments in listening

Abstract: Rajni Shah and Karen Christopher are friends. This is at the heart of it. Every week since 2011, they meet to perform a duet called ‘Holding OPEN’ in which they sit together, doing nothing, and then write. It’s a private duet, though it sometimes happens in public space. In October 2014, they will spend a week together in Nottingham, having conversations about the things they care about. At the end of the week, they will open up this conversation to the public as a short performance. This is part of a series of performative dialogues that Rajni is organising within the context of a practice-based PhD project at Lancaster University.

Bio: Rajni Shah is an artist working in performance and live art. Whether online, in a public space or in a theatre, her work aims to open up new spaces for conversation and the meeting of diverse voices. From 2006-2010 she conducted a three-year enquiry into the relationship between gift and conversation in public space called ‘small gifts’. From 2005-2012 she produced a trilogy of large-scale performances (‘Mr Quiver’, ‘Dinner with America’ and ‘Glorious’) addressing the complexities of cultural identity in the 21st century. Rajni was an Artsadmin Associate Artist between 2009 and 2013, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at The Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck College 2012-2015. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Lancaster, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Bio: Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer, and teacher. She was with Chicago-based Goat Island performance group for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009. Now London based, her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, is creating a series of duet performances devoted to re-defining the collaborative working process with each duet pair. Her practice includes listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet. Karen is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck College; Visiting Artist at University of Roehampton; and Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University.