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What's On > A Thousand Faces

Luton Library Theatre

Date: Thursday 16th November, 2017
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Cost: 10 / 8 Concessions
Group discount: Buy 10+ and save 10%
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100
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Amina Khayyam Dance presents

A bold dance-theatre that features Amina Khayyam collaborating European mime movements with Kathak’s intricate and detailed theatrical gestures of abhinaya (technique of communication), A Thousand Faces subverts imagery of Bollywood beauty and Hollywood glamour to explore perceptions that become objects for indiscriminate abuse and violence attacks on women because of their gender.

Features live music – sarangi, cello, tabla and vocals. 

Abhinaya is part of Kathak that is often paid less attention to in its current progression within a neo-classical approach.  However, Amina Khayyam, renowned for her abhinaya, develops new approaches by bringing influence of European experimental forms of mime theatre movement to give the piece a unique and innovative treatment highlighting the contemporary condition.

A Thousand Faces follows the company’s highly acclaimed Yerma which has been touring since 2013.

To acknowledge 70 years of the partition and independence of India and Pakistan. 

Age guidance: 8+

About Amina Khayyam 

Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Amina trained in Kathak in the UK, initially with Alpana Sengupta, and later from one of Kathak’s finest exponent Sushmita Ghosh, under whose guidance she made her professional debut In 2001 at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. Her performance ranges from classical Kathak, in which, she has received high accolades for her Abhinaya, to multi-media performances such as the principle performer in the Akademi/South Bank’s outdoor spectacle Escapade and in International Arts’ and Forum for Laboratory Theatres of Manipuri’s production of Macbeth-Stage of Blood on the River Thames.

She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with several companies including Sonia Sabri, and has worked with reputable dance choreographers such as Nahid Siddiqui, Kumudini Lakhia, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Filip Van Huffel, Jonathan Lunn etc. Amina’s own choreography is fast gaining critical stature. She makes new work using Kathak as the main core of a piece, but uses cross-form mediums in her narrative. In Laal Shaari, which was selected for ROH2 Firsts, she used live art approaches to controversially subvert the Kathak form. That creative approach was also evident and used in her last pure form piece – One, commissioned by the Musee du quai Branly, Paris.


“A powerful hard-hitting emotional production that had integrity, honesty and reality at its core” BBC Asian Network

“Khayyam has a strong command of Kathak…. takes us deep into Yerma’s soul” - ★★★★ The Scotsman

“Powerful, poignant kathak dance…sharply stylized.. dramatically alert, thematically rich and ultimately moving" - ★★★★ The List (Donald Hutera)

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