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	font-family:"Times New Roman";}   How to Make Two Outfits Out of One is a two-women experimental chamber opera inspired by the life and work of Franco-American artist, socialite and feminist Niki de Saint Phalle. Co-created and performed by Jane Dickson (composer, sound artist) and Nic Chalmers (librettist, performance artist) the work invites the audience inside de Saint Phalle's creative world and seeks to deconstruct the apparatus of opera, a genre that has traditionally played to the male gaze. The controversial, interdisciplinary work of de Saint Phalle provides a striking, hallucinatory visual and narrative landscape for the question: How do women sound when they are creating their own voice?     
  
 
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}      Battersea Arts Centre, 2014 

HOW TO MAKE TWO OUTFITS OUT OF ONE, created by Dickson & Chalmers

How to Make Two Outfits Out of One is a two-women experimental chamber opera inspired by the life and work of Franco-American artist, socialite and feminist Niki de Saint Phalle. Co-created and performed by Jane Dickson (composer, sound artist) and Nic Chalmers (librettist, performance artist) the work invites the audience inside de Saint Phalle's creative world and seeks to deconstruct the apparatus of opera, a genre that has traditionally played to the male gaze. The controversial, interdisciplinary work of de Saint Phalle provides a striking, hallucinatory visual and narrative landscape for the question: How do women sound when they are creating their own voice?

Battersea Arts Centre, 2014 

This video by Nic Chalmers is based on a work conceived by Dickson & Chalmers. The text (transcribed and rearranged by Nic) documents a conversation held between Nic and Jane at the project’s inception. It would eventually become the prologue to HOW TO MAKE TWO OUTFITS OUT OF ONE. All images and sounds used in the video have been sourced and edited by Nic.

 DICKSON & CHALMERS RESIDENCY AT  QO-2 , BRUSSELS 2015

DICKSON & CHALMERS RESIDENCY AT QO-2, BRUSSELS 2015

 DIRECTIONS FOR TAKING CONTROL,  created by Dickson & Chalmers   Directions for Taking Control is a self-modifying performance work that examines the limits of control, both personally and sociopolitically. In this piece about (and written according to) rules and limitations, themes of gender, perception and perfectionism underpin a text interrupted by altered speech patterns and repetitive action.    Battersea Arts Centre, 2014

DIRECTIONS FOR TAKING CONTROL, created by Dickson & Chalmers

Directions for Taking Control is a self-modifying performance work that examines the limits of control, both personally and sociopolitically. In this piece about (and written according to) rules and limitations, themes of gender, perception and perfectionism underpin a text interrupted by altered speech patterns and repetitive action. 

Battersea Arts Centre, 2014

 ALL ERASABLE, written and directed by Nic Chalmers, performed by Nic Chalmers and Katie Murtagh, with a score composed and performed by Jane Dickson    Interdisciplinary show about the performative act of erasure and a sound for speechlessness.   SPILL National Platform 2011

ALL ERASABLE, written and directed by Nic Chalmers, performed by Nic Chalmers and Katie Murtagh, with a score composed and performed by Jane Dickson 

Interdisciplinary show about the performative act of erasure and a sound for speechlessness.

SPILL National Platform 2011

 BETWEEN MY FACE AND THE WALL, written and performed by Nic Chalmers, with a score composed and performed by Tom Morgan  Spoken word and live music. Set inside a house of multiplying rooms, the narrator cuts deep into a body of metamorphosing memories.  Sprint, Camden People's Theatre 2009 | Midnight Matinees, Tristan Bates Theatre 2010 | The Public House, pop-up performance curated by Hiru Dance 2011

BETWEEN MY FACE AND THE WALL, written and performed by Nic Chalmers, with a score composed and performed by Tom Morgan

Spoken word and live music. Set inside a house of multiplying rooms, the narrator cuts deep into a body of metamorphosing memories.

Sprint, Camden People's Theatre 2009 | Midnight Matinees, Tristan Bates Theatre 2010 | The Public House, pop-up performance curated by Hiru Dance 2011