Amina Khayyam

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Amina Khayyam
Occupation(s)Dancer, choreographer, dance teacher
Years active2001–present
Current groupAmina Khayyam Dance Company

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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Khayyam was born in Sylhet Division, Bangladesh[2] and comes from a Muslim background where dance was frowned upon.[3] She grew up in village in Oxted, Surrey, where her late father owned a business[4] and Khayyam attended Oxted School.

She trained in London initially with Alpana Sengupta before[2] attending local dance classes under the direction of Kathak specialist,[4] dancer, choreographer and teacher Sushmita Ghosh in 1996,[2] part of which she trained three years at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Educational Trust in London.[2]


In 2001, Khayyam made her professional debut at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.[5] Her performance ranges from classical Kathak, in which, she has received high accolades for her Abhinaya, to multi-media performances such as the principal performer in the Akademi/South Bank's outdoor spectacle Escapade in 2003[2] and in International Arts' and Forum for Laboratory Theatres of Manipuri's production of Macbeth-Stage of Blood on the River Thames.[5] In 2007, she set up her own company, Amina Khayyam Dance Company.[4] Khayyam is the founder and artistic director Amina Khayyam Dance Company, which uses Khathak as the core narrative.[5]

She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with her own work as well as for other companies[2] such as Sonia Sabri, and has worked with dancers/choreographers including,[5] Kumudini Lakhia,[2] Nahid Siddiqui,[5] Filip Van Huffel,[2] Darshan Singh Bhuller, and Jonathan Lunn. Khayyam uses Kathak as the core of her work; in Laal Shaari,[5] which combined live art process with Kathak movement and she presented at mac, it was selected for ROH2 Firsts.[5] She has also appeared at the mac in Sonia Sabri's Red and zeroculture's production of Find Me Amongst the Black.[1]

In 2014, Khayyam adapted Federico García Lorca's play Yerma, setting it in a modern, inner-city British community to neo-classical Kathak dance and performed to live music with tabla, cello and vocals.[5][6] Khayyam herself dances the title role.[7][8][9] In the same year, she made a full production of[5] A Thousand Faces.[1] She also made a mid scale production Amad.[5]

Khayyam also teaches BA Hons Dance and Culture degree at the University of Surrey.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Khayyam has one child (born 2009).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Amina Khayyam: A Thousand Faces". Desi Xpress. 27 November 2014. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ms Amina Khayyam". University of Surrey. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Interview: Amina Khayyam - on Yerma & 'the passion of kathak'". 30 October 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Giving a voice to silent women through Kathak dance". Asian Culture Vulture. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Amina Khayyam Dance Company Takes YERMA on Tour This Autumn". 21 October 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Yerma". The List. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  7. ^ Bruce, Keith (12 August 2015). "Giving a voice to silent women through Kathak dance". Glasgow: The Herald. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  8. ^ Sorokina, Elena (24 August 2015). "Yerma". Edinburgh: Edinburgh Festivals. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  9. ^ "YERMA: Amina Khayyam Dance". Asian Echo. 20 March 2014. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.

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