As a dance artist, I look to contemporary dance as my platform to reach out and discover collaborative interdisciplinary ways of working. Each collaboration may challenge, surprise or shock, it can allow us to discover and overcome boundaries, to play and manipulate the borders of our art form and our culture, it can allow us to see for the first time things that we may otherwise overlook.
Kay Crook is a freelance dance artist and director of Chhaya Collective, a contemporary dance company working between UK and India since 2013. Work includes Antara (2013, Interwoven Productions, Asian Arts Agency), Falling Light Project (2014), and Falling Light in Liminal Spaces (2015), a duet with Indian dance artist, Ajeesh Balakrishnan, which toured Portugal and UK in 2015. In 2016 Kay choreographed a full length production, Time & Tide (2016) in collaboration with filmmaker David Snowden, Musician Cameron Murray and cast of dancers, which premiered in Lisbon and Santarém (Portugal) in Autumn 2016. In 2017 Chhaya Collective have been developing a new duet work in residency with Rakesh Sukesh in Germany. Kay is also directing an on going Live Stream project between UK and India, allowing artists to connect, share and choreograph collaboratively across two continents.
Kay works as a dancer for Heather Walrond Company, touring The Rising nationally and internationally in 2016/17, including HIFA Zimbabwe '17. Kay teaches in collaboration with State of Emergency, Earthfall, Exeter Phoenix, Falmouth University, Bridgwater College, Tacchi Morris, Dartington Arts and Cygnet Theatre in the UK and Attakkalari, Shoonya and Lshva in India.
Kay toured the UK with Map Dance Company in 2011, working with choreographers Ben Duke (Lost Dog), Darren Ellis (RADC and Random) Yaara Dolev (Tel Aviv), Gregory Maqoma and Rose English. She achieved a Masters in Dance Performance (2011) and a First Class BA hons in Dance from The University of Chichester, receiving the ‘Lea Anderson Award for Choreographic Excellence’ (2010) and the ‘Valerie Briginshaw award for Dance writing and Academic Excellence’ (2012).
Kay is an invaluable member of the professional dance community who brings something special and unique to the mix in Devon through her connection with Indian classical dance. She has a passion not just for her own dance but for sharing it with others and is very committed to helping develop the local dance sector.
- Gillian Dale, Executive Director Dance in Devon