A heresy to burn a book, but acceptable to burn a woman...

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


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. Features live music – cello, tabla and vocals.


choreography: Amina Khayyam
performers: Jane Chan, Harmage S. Kalirai, Vlad Troncea, Amina Khayyam
musicians: Debasish Mukherjee, Lucy Rahman, Alastair Morgan, Iain McHugh, Lucia Capellaro
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Originally made with support from Akademi, Rich Mix, Cockpit Theatre, Sampad and mac birmingham

presented in association with Acid Survivors Trust International (www.acidviolence.org)


A Thousand Faces is a project in partnership with Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) aiming to raise awareness of acid violence. Acid attacks against women are a worldwide phenomenon and are not restricted to any race, religion or region. Cases of attacks have been reported in the UK and are reported across South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies and the Middle East. These are the reported cases however numerous cases go unreported.  

With little or no access to reconstructive surgery survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. In Pakistan, for example, many reported assailants, typically a husband or someone else close to the victim receive minimal to no punishment from the state.

Also available : After show Q & A with Amina Khayyam and Jaf Shah (Director of (ASTI)


Tour dates

On making of A THOUSAND FACES / Amina Khayyam

Collaborating Kathak with Physical Theatre/Mime movements / Suman Bhuchar

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images/ Vipul Sangoi



“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"

“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