Chhaya Collective are a female-led dance company working between UK and India.
Our performance and community projects strive to amplify women's voices and share real-life stories of women in the 21st Century. We bring people together through our performance work, community projects, workshops and events - all of which combine dance, music, theatre and visual arts. We aim to create collaborative, cross cultural and interdisciplinary work that speaks in multiple tongues.
Chhaya Collective was founded by Kay Crook in 2013 to connect artists in Bangalore (India) and Devon (UK). Kay has been working between UK and India for 10 years and formed Chhaya as a means to engage artists in cross-cultural collaborative performance and creative projects, in response to societal issues.
Chhaya Collective are based at Exeter Phoenix Theatre (UK), along with Chhaya Youth Dance Company and are the Pavilion Dance South West Company in Residence 2021-22.
Chhaya has toured and delivered projects for Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (India), PERA School of Performing Arts (North Cyprus), Exeter Phoenix (UK), Kerala National Theatre (India), LABarts (Portugal), AMATA (UK), Landmark Theatre (UK), Teatro Bandeira (Portugal), FITIJ Festival (Portugal), Trip Space (UK), 101 Outdoor Arts (UK), Hall for Cornwall (UK), Shoonya Centre for Arts and Somatic Practices (India), Tanzart- Kirschau (Germany), Lshva (India), Barbican Theatre (UK), Royal Academy of Dance (UK), The Plymouth Athenaeum (UK), ACASO Festival (Portugal), Tacchi Morris (UK), InspirED (UK), The University of Chichester (UK), Cygnet Theatre (UK), University of Bedfordshire (UK) and WOW Festival (UK), amongst others.
Chhaya Collective's current touring work KHAOS and HYMNOS are supported by Arts Council England, Dance in Devon, Exeter Phoenix, FUSE Diverse Dance, AMATA, UOB, Barbican Theatre, Dartington, 101 Outdoor Arts and PDSW. Our previous UK-India work was supported by Asian Arts Agency UK, Shoonya (India), Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (India), Arts Council England and British Council.
Chhaya’s most recent creation, KHAOS, grew in India, where Kay was working with dance artists and women in rural communities to deliver dance. The conversations around empowerment and owning your body and mind as a woman inspired Kay to develop this work in Devon.
Chhaya believes through dance we can challenge, question and empower social and political assumptions about the rights and roles of modern women, whilst drawing from ancient and primal roots. The time is now, to contribute to the collective energy and awareness of the women's rights movement, to allow women the freedom to express through arts and to find our collective voice that can sing out.