Amina Khayyam Dance Company present A Thousand Faces at The Courtyard on Tuesday, May 14.

A bold dance-theatre that features Amina Khayyam working with Kathak’s intricate and detailed theatrical gestures of abhinaya, A Thousand Faces uses imagery of Bollywood beauty and Hollywood glamour to explore violence against women, in particular, acid attacks.

“I first started making A Thousand Faces in 2013, when I was asked by Akademi (the national south Asian dance development organisation) to present a solo Kathak recital to mark the independence of Bangladesh at Rich Mix (London).” Says choreographer Khayyam, “However, being a Bangladeshi myself living in the UK, and although a distance has developed over the years from the everyday life in Bangladesh, I had a different attitude to celebrating the idea of ‘independence’.”

Khayyam, renowned for her Abhinaya, has developed new approaches by bringing influences of European experimental forms of physical theatre and mime movement to give the piece a wholly unique and innovative treatment, highlighting the contemporary condition.

Presented in association with Acid Survivors Trust International, A Thousand Faces aims to raise awareness of acid violence.

A Thousand Faces will be in The Courtyard’s main house on Tuesday, May 14 at 7.30pm. To book, call the box office on 01432 340555 or visit