Celebrating female contemporary choreographers
KAY CROOK - pHOENIX
Kay Crook is a freelance dance artist and Artistic Director of Chhaya Collective, a contemporary dance company working between the UK and India since 2013. Kay has choreographed productions for Chhaya, including 'Antara', 'Falling Light' and current touring productions 'HYMNOS' and 'KHAOS', an all-female ensemble work and outreach programme promoting women's empowerment, featuring six female dancers and three live musicians. Kay has hosted projects in India, Portugal, Cyprus and Germany in collaboration with international artists Ajeesh Balakrishnan, Rakesh Sukesh and Nakula Somana. Kay is also a member of the Heather Walrond Company, performing 'The Rising' nationally and internationally between 2015-2019.
Amy Morvell is a contemporary dance artist based in the South of England and is an Associate Artist of The Point, Eastleigh. In 2017 Amy set up her company Morvell Dance with support from Lîla Dance. As part of the company’s apprentice scheme, Lîla Dance supported Amy to successfully receive Arts Council Funding to create her new work Turtle Dove. The work has since been toured to theatre venues across the south of England and internationally to Abundance International Dance Festival -Sweden. Amy’s work is often inspired by the stories of others and how these stories shape their experiences of living, loving and aging. Alongside dancing in her own work, Amy also dances professionally for companies; Lîla Dance in The Hotel Experience, Ella&co (Ella Fleetwood) in #NoFilter, Wessex Company in PRANA (Laila Delalio & Hannah MartinReilly) & Katie Dale Everett Dance’s Empa.
aMY mORVELL - 7 minutes of mind madness
cARRIE wHITAKER- tRACKER
Carrie completed her BA and MA degree in dance from the University of Chichester. She was a member of Hampshire Youth Dance Company and is now the rehearsal director. She is currently teaching contact improvisation as well as teaching within the Performing Arts and Music departments. As a freelance practitioner, Carrie’s teaching experience incorporates many community strands from ‘dance for all’ schemes, to commissioned choreographic projects for established youth companies and educational institutes. She is a founding member of Lîla Dance and has been involved with all pieces in the repertory.
Marisa Zanotti’s practice spans filmmaking, choreography, new media and installation. She was originally a dancer with The Cholmondeleys and also worked with Anders Christiansen, Laurie Booth and Wendy Houston. Over 25 years she has consistently explored new technologies and the body through the development of analogue and digital formats. She is a specialist in adapting and directing dance for the screen and has adapted full length works by Lea Anderson and Ben Wright. She also created the UK’s first choreographic Web App for phones and tablets with Wright, and the Transmedia work The Pan’s People Papers with Anderson. In 2017 Marisa directed the VR project We are all made of stars, her most recent work Entangled was an animation for live string quartet by composer Matthew Whiteside commissioned by the Belfast Science Festival. This earned the Lightmoves award for Innovative Use of Sound. Until 2019 Marisa was a Reader in Choreography and Digital Technologies at University of Chichester. She is currently working with digital media agency Cogapp developing an adaptation of Giselle that works across live and spaces and digital platforms.