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What Amina Khayyam Dance – The Hum in my Heart

When Thursday 21 November 2019

Where Rhoda McGaw Theatre, The Ambassadors, Victoria Way, Woking GU21 6GQ


Performed by Amina Khayyam Dance Company

Featuring live music including cello, sarod, and tabla

Starts at 7.30pm; doors  open to colect tickets from Rhoda McGaw Box Office from 6.30pm



A woman stood up and said ‘I have a story to share’…

She points to a man sitting among many others – “That is my husband… he’s been suffering for last 20 years…”

All eyes shift to the man. He looks around the room with awkwardness. The others gasp in surprise, they’ve known the couple all their lives. “… and with him, I too…” she continues…

A story unique and ‘local’ to Woking features in this new kathak work from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Amina Khayyam, exploring issues of mental health when there is no word to describe it, where shame and social stigma follow it, where no one is willing to acknowledge it…

Developed from workshops since 2014 mainly with women’s groups in marginalised and disenfranchised communities across four regions – London (Tower Hamlets), Birmingham, Luton and Woking, The Hum of My Heart project worked with women who are beginning to confront the social stigma of mental health.

With support from Feminist Review Trust and Postcode Lottery

Press quotes from previous Amina Khayyam Dance Company productions:

‘A powerful hard-hitting emotional production that had integrity, honesty and reality at its core’ BBC (A Thousand faces)

Khayyam has a strong command of Kathak…. takes us deep into Yerma’s soul’ The Scotsman (Yerma)

Powerful, poignant kathak dance…sharply stylized.. dramatically alert, thematically rich and ultimately moving’ The List (Donald Hutera) (Yerma)

Choreography: Amina Khayyam

Produced in association with zeroculture supported by Arts Council England Project grants,

Liaise Women’s Group and Dance Woking

About Amina Khayyam Dance Company

A touring dance–theatre company that uses the south Asian dance Kathak as the core narrative in making new work in collaboration with the marginalised female voice, adding to it other media and forms such as theatre, live art, and technology.

The Company’s work is particularly concerned with issues that affect marginalised 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. The work’s dramaturgy is explored through the sub-culture context of this process, and made to transpose to the wider mainstream audience, so that the targeted sector’s perspective, aspiration and voice has an endgame. The Company has made work on issues such as acid violence against women, social and cultural seclusion in child-less marriages, labels and name calling to oppress the gender.

Previous Productions:

Laal Shaari (2007) ; One – (2010-18) – Paris, Kolkatta, Delhi, plus 12 UK venues.: Yerma – (2013 -16) – Spain, Netherlands, India, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2015) plus 18 UK venues (over 50 shows); A Thousand Faces (2016/9) – Netherlands, plus 12 UK venues; Slut – Edinburgh Fringe 2017






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