FUSE Diverse Dance Team Member
Kay Crook is a freelance dance artist and Artistic Director of Chhaya Collective, a contemporary dance company working between UK and India since 2013.
She has hosted projects in India, Portugal, Cyprus and Germany, in collaboration with international artists Ajeesh Balakrishnan, Rakesh Sukesh, Nakula Somana and Carlos Oliveira. Kay facilitated Chhaya’s live stream collaboration between India and UK in 2017, allowing thirty dance artists to connect, share and choreograph collaboratively across two continents, in partnership with Shoonya (Bangalore), Arts View Live and Exeter Phoenix.
Kay is the Founder and Director of Chhaya Youth Dance Company (selected to represent South West at Udance 2018) and has been Associate Lecturer for Attakkalari (Bangalore) and recently Artist in Residence for PERA (North Cyrpus). Kay has taught in collaboration with State of Emergency, Take Art InspirED, The Point Eastleigh, Earthfall, Exeter Phoenix, HFC Master Series, Bridgwater College, Exeter College, Tacchi Morris, Dartington Arts and Cygnet Theatre in the UK and Attakkalari, Shoonya and Lshva in India.
Kay is also a member of the Heather Walrond Company, performing in ‘The Rising’ nationally and internationally, touring 2015 – 2019, including The Place (London), HIFA 2017 (Zimbabwe) and In2it Dance Festival 2018 (Norway).
“I’m proud to be one of the FUSE artists for 2019/20, promoting creativity, diversity and unity across the city. Bringing communities together through a series of cross-cultural and intergenerational collaborative projects, between community groups and professional artists. This is something that has always fuelled my practice and the work generated by Chhaya Collective. In the current climate, projects such as FUSE are needed more than ever and I look forward to amplifying voices and creating a storm..!”