‘choogh choogh’ with Beeja

13th - 13th Aug 2023 - The Walled Garden, Park Hill Park, Croydon

Beeja Dance, three dancers, one male and two female on a white background

Currently performing to a resounding success at arts festivals across the UK, including most recently the famous Brighton Festival, ‘choogh choogh’ will be doing two performances in Park Hill Park’s Walled Garden Project.

It is a performance for younger children inspired by the joy for travelling through India on a train combining classical Indian dance with contemporary movement, theatre and play, sharing with audiences a world full of colour, invention and flow.

The journey starts with the audience getting a special ‘choogh choogh’ ticket. Three artists weave a traveling tapestry with three scarves, morphing from one scene to the next as the sights, sounds and smells whiz by.

The sound scape is rich with the sounds of the train, hawkers, festivals, and musicians, ambient sounds of river, jungles and cities. The artists sing songs which are specially written for children – Chai Chai, Coffee Coffee and Kites Kites everywhere. They interact with the audience, engaging their imagination. Scarves become steam, railway tracks, turbans, train windows, camel, elephant and so much more. It is a journey where audiences experience a world inside the train, through the train and outside it. Along the way the ticket gets checked, imaginary food is sold and shared, among other interactions. This show is an exploration of just how much we can see and imagine, together, as the train ‘chooghs chooghs’ on

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