Amina Khayyam Dance Co is a professional touring dance–theatre company that uses the south Asian dance Kathak as the core narrative in making new work in collaboration with the marginilised female voice, adding to it other media and forms such as theatre, live art, and technology.

AKDC treats Kathak as a contemporary form and thereby transcends any ‘classical’ or ‘modern’ precepts to its approach. It believes the dance form ...(more)



Sensitised by the global refugee issue, Amina Khayyam returns to the fundamental principle of Indian philosophy and classical arts of the cyclic phenomenon, where there is no beginning nor an end, to propose that we are all but refugees of time undermining how we become territorial of our habitat. 

Incorporating Nritta (pure dance) and Nritya (expression of narrative), the kathak takes you on a memorable journey, through the use of costume, movement, space and music to capture the first beat of time and nest it until it becomes the ‘one’ again. 

In the new rewiring she is joined once again by an ensemble of highly reputable musicians, Debasish Mukherjee (tabla), Lucy Rahman (vocals), Alastair Morgan (Cello)

One performs at Dance Woking/Rhoda McGaw on Nov 15th.  Further dates to be added


Following fast on the heels of Sluts success at Edfringe 2017, AKDC hits the road for a mini-tour of  A Thousand Faces in Netherlands and UK

Featuring Amina Khayyam using ang abhinaya ,  A THOUSAND FACES is a bold dance-theatre that subverts imagery of Bollywood beauty and Hollywood glamour to explore the objectification of women in indiscriminate abuse and violence, highlighting acid attacks against women. 

Ang 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, has developed new approaches in  this new work by bringing influences of European experimental forms of physical theatre and mime movement to give the piece a wholly unique and innovative treatment, highlighting the contemporary condition. 

Features live music - Debasish Mukherjee on tabla, Lucy Rahman on vocals and Alastair Morgan on cello.

What Audiences have been saying

“a triumph… we were all spellbound” 
"a wonderful show! I came away very moved by the whole performance"  
"Just watched Amina Khayyam in her beautiful and powerful piece... 
"Extraordinary theatre piece. A gripping, honest story unveiling the deep, inner turmoil of acid-attack victims" 
"Brilliant performance! Congratulations to all the company"

What the Press has been saying

“Beautifully choreographed, flawlessly executed and left the audience breathless …Blending classical Indian dance with physical theatre was a masterstroke” PULSE MAGAZINE 

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


choreography: Amina Khayyam 
performers: Jane Chan, Harmage S. Kalirai, Amina Khayyam  musicians: Debasish Mukherjee, Lucy Rahman, Alastair Morgan 
costume: Keith Khan dramaturgy: Hardial S. Rai   lighting: and production: Stuart Walton  
projection design Louise Rhoades-Brown 
creatively co-produced with zeroculture and made at Brunel Arts 
Originally made with support from Akademi, Rich Mix, Cockpit Theatre, Sampad and mac birmingham

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AKDC wrapped up Slut at Edinburgh Festival Fringe leaving deep impactful responses from both audience & professional – 

"It was so good to see a dance piece that tackles serious issues and does it so beautifully combining traditional Kathak with contemporary dance moves. There were whole sections where I was close to tears... The piece can be read on many different levels" - Juliana Brustik 

"..the best show I've seen on how women are manipulated and disempowered. Go." - Sally Crozier 

"A wonderful, moving piece of work that is a thoughtful, multidimensional commentary on questions of feminism that are so often treated with the same narrative" - Jo Troll 

"The ending had me smiling from ear to ear" - Catherine Bagot 

“Despite the important historical connection that storytelling has to dance, basing a contemporary dance piece on a narrative can sound its death knell, as it so often straight-jackets the choreography unnecessarily. However, this couldn’t be less so for Amina Khayyam Dance Company’s recent work...,which is remarkable for its narrative clarity, while remaining boldly contemporary in style" Robert Dow 

" is delivered with memorable pain and passion by a company who clearly care very deeply about the tale they tell" - Joyce McMillan /Scotsman 


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Pix by WynChan

AKDC returns to EDFRINGE 

Aiming to continue to build our profile at Edfringe, AKDC returns with a bold new dance-theatre piece SLUT. 

Slut is an ongoing development of kathak’s ang abhinaya by Amina Khayyam in which she steps up the collaboration with physical theatre/mime seen recently in A THOUSAND FACES “Blending classical Indian dance with physical theatre was a masterstroke” Pulse Magazine 

In Slut, Amina works with three versatile performers - Jane Chan, Parbati Chaudhury and Nasia Kelepeshi to push further the collaborative development. 

But Slut is much more than that for Amina. In her quest to tell stories from issues that affect marginalised women not just from the mainstream but from within their communities as she did for her recent productions of Yerma and A Thousand Faces, she explores issues of sexual grooming across culture and race while challenging labels given to women who do not conform to expectation. 

The new production draws the same creative team from the company’s recent productions; however despite a staunch believer of live music for Kathak, Amina for the first time will be making a production with recorded music. She says “Edinburgh Fringe is a tight turnaround and highly demanding, so at this stage the piece’s narrative will be played to a recorded soundtrack for which we have asked John –Marc Gowans who provided the memorable ‘courtship’ section for A Thousand Faces. Perhaps when the production tours, we may resort to live music, but we will certainly miss Debesish’s tabla and Lucy’s vocals – I am already missing them” 


Aug 4th – 27th /except 7th 14th & 21st 


Summerhall (venue 26) 

"Summerhall has effectively rewired the Fringe, becoming home to some of the most exciting work at the Festival" THE STAGE AUGUST 2016

Autumn 2017 Dates

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