Amina Khayyam Dance Company is a professional international touring dance–theatre company that uses the south Asian form 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 is evolving with progressions demanded by the contemporary zeitgeist, in the same way it did so from the demands of the Mughals, the last time it took a major step forward. At its heart, Kathak is a storytelling form. With its rich history, it is uniquely placed and equipped to tell new and urgent stories of global importance.
Formed in 2013, the Company is particularly concerned with issues that affect marginalized women, not just from the mainstream but from within their own communities. It is from there that it draws its inspiration to tell stories as well as to shape its process - embedded in extensive work-shopping that empower and stake hold women in the work.
Led by Amina Khayyam (see bio here), the company has worked extensively with difficult and sensitive issues making work such as The Hum in My Heart which explores mental health in communities that do not acknowledge it; Catch The Bird Who Won’t Fly bringing attention to domestic violence; Yerma on status of women when they are caught in child-less marriages; and One which comments on migrancy. To date AKDC has made seven productions and achieved over 100 performances in total nationally and internationally.