After it was discouraged by the British during the colonisation of India, Kathak revival movements were co-developed by Muslim and Hindu artists. It is a dance form famed for its storytelling power and likely evolved from an oral tradition to which mime and gesture were added later. In this workshop, Amina Khayyam will reveal the stories behind some performance sequences and show you how to perform them yourself. A fun, interactive workshop suitable for those aged 11+. All children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
Amina Khayyam is a Bangladeshi-born British dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. She is acclaimed for her progressive work within Kathak’s intricate and detailed theatrical movements of abhinaya.In 2001, Khayyam made her professional debut at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.Her performance ranges from classical Kathak, in which, she has received high accolades, to multi-media performances such as her role as the principle performer in the Akademi/South Bank’s outdoor spectacle Escapade in 2003 and in International Arts’ and Forum for Laboratory Theatres of Manipuri’s production of Macbeth-Stage of Blood on the River Thames. In 2007, she set up her own company, Amina Khayyam Dance Company which uses Khathak as the core narrative.