Amina Khayyam Dance Co with Akademi
A heresy to burn a book, but acceptable to burn a woman…*
On the occasion of the Bangladeshi Independence Festival, Amina Khayyam Dance Co in a special adaptation of its work explores what independence has meant for Bangladeshi women – and if ‘freedom’ is a notion they can identify with…
Using classical dance and costume the company presents a story of a thousand faces….
Dancers: Iris Chan, Lucy Teed & Amina Khayyam with additional music by Tarun Jasani
Born in Sylhet Bangladesh, Amina Khayyam is one of finest Kathak artists in UK. She makes new work using Kathak as the main core of her work but also uses live art approaches to controversially subvert the Kathak form.
Her performance ranges from classical Kathak, in which, she has received high accolades for her Abhinaya, to multi-media performances; as the principle performer in the Akademi/South Bank’s outdoor spectacle “Escapade” and adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth by International Arts’ and Forum, for Laboratory Theatres of Manipuri’s production of “Macbeth-Stage of Blood" performed on the River Thames.
She trained in Kathak in London, initially with Alpana Sengupta and later furthered her training with Sushmita Ghosh at the Bhavan Centre. Since her debut performance in 2001 Amina has developed an international reputation, performing at venues across the country from the Southbank Centre to the Royal Opera House to touring her solo work in Europe. Most recently she made her solo debut performing ONE in India, enthralling audiences. She is currently getting ready for a national tour of an acclaimed production of Lorca’s Yerma in autumn 2013.
Amina has a long history of work with Akademi for whom she has choreographed and performed in their large-scale productions.
Amina is also a highly respected teacher, training and inspiring many young dancers to follow dance as a career and currently also holds the post of an Associate Tutor at the University of Surrey, teaching the BA Hons Dance and Culture degree.
A Thousand Faces is produced with the support of zeroculture
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