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. She formed Chhaya as a means to engage artists in cross-cultural collaborative performance and film projects, in response to societal issues. Her performance and community projects strive to amplify women’s voices and share real-life stories of women in the 21st Century. 

Chhaya Collective is a former Company in Residency here (2021-22). They are also based at Exeter Phoenix Theatre (UK), along with Chhaya Youth Dance Company. 

Chhaya has toured and delivered projects for Kerala National Theatre (India), Teatro Bandeira (Portugal), FITIJ Festival (Portugal), 101 Outdoor Arts (UK), Hall for Cornwall (UK), Barbican Theatre (UK), Royal Academy of Dance (UK), University of Bedfordshire (UK) and WOW Festival (UK), amongst others.

Kay Crook founded Chhaya Youth Dance Company in 2015, for young aspiring dancers aged 14-21 years to engage in professional level, diverse dance training in Devon. Chhaya Youth were selected to represent the South West at the National UDance Festival 2018 (UK).

Chhaya Collective’s current touring work and projects are supported by Arts Council England, Exeter Phoenix and PDSW. 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 continue their Wild Women workshops at Pavilion Dance in 2024 alongside work with COAST and preparing a new production ‘Ophelia’.

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