Does everything really begin with 'one' or is it that everything ends with 'one'?


Yet again, we have entered a period where ‘migrants’ ‘foreigners’ ‘refugees’ are words tarnished ‘dirty’ and ‘negative’ by the media and harboured by politicians for political gain.


First performed in Paris in 2010,  ONE has evolved its premise of the fundamental principle of Indian philosophy and classical arts - the cyclic phenomenon, where there is no beginning nor end - to reach out to the same migrant, the refugee and the foreigner who dares to cross the border and lay claim that we are all but refugees of that cycle, and question how we have become territorial of our habitats…


Incorporating Nritta (pure dance) and Nritya (expression of narrative), the kathak through the use of costume, movement, space and music captures the first beat of that cyclic time and nests it until it becomes the ‘one’ again.


One was created from the urge to present classical Kathak repertoire with live music, but  stylized to a contemporary sensibility and topicality- Amina Khayyam



"..thank you for another utterly stunning performance ..evoked so many emotions" 

"A tour de force .. a revolutionary performance...

"Stunning performance... What clarity of movement, what artistry from the musicians and Amina, Astonishing!"

"Very, very occasionally there is a performance where the boundaries of the form are transcended and where there are subtleties and stories and emotions portrayed in a way you have never seen before"



"With a strong abhinaya, Khayyam can reference emotive depths that span from sheer joy to deep sorrow, showing intense artistic negotiation between movement and intention. We cannot but yearn to encounter her again". Pulse 




Kathak arrangement by Amina Khayyam with Debasish Mukherjee 

Performed by Amina Khayyam with Debasish Mukherjee (tabla)Lucy Rahman (Vocals), Iain McHugh (Cello), Jane Chan (Paranth/Bols)


Projection: Louis Rhoades-Brown  Lighting and production Stuart Walton

Photography: Simon Richardson


Creatively produced by Hardial S. Rai in association with The Artta, made at Brunel Arts with financial support from the Arts Council of England and zeroculture