Thursday 14 MARCH 2019
A Thousand Faces
A bold dance-theatre featuring Amina Khayyam using ang abhinaya , A THOUSAND FACES subverts imagery of Bollywood beauty and Hollywood glamour to explore the objectification of women in indiscriminate abuse and violence.
“Beautifully choreographed, flawlessly executed and left the audience breathlesse” PULSE MAGAZINE
“A powerful hard-hitting emotional production that had integrity, honesty and reality at its core” BBC
“A triumph… we were all spellbound” “Extraordinary theatre piece” AUDIENCE
Ang Abhinaya is part of Kathak that is often paid less attention to in its current progression within a neo-classical approach. However, Amina Khayyam, renowned for her abhinaya, has developed new approaches in this new work 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. Acid attacks against women are a worldwide phenomenon and are not restricted to any race, religion or region. Cases of attacks have been reported in the UK and are reported across South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies and the Middle East. These are the reported cases however numerous cases go unreported.
With little or no access to reconstructive surgery survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. In Pakistan, for example, many reported assailants, typically a husband or someone else close to the victim receive minimal to no punishment from the state.