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Amina Khayyam Dance : YERMA

Start date: 6 Aug 2015

End date: 30 Jul 2015

Time: 2.00pm

Price: £10 (£8) / Family ticket £24

Venue: New Town Theatre, 96 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DH

Venue address: New Town Theatre, 96 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DH


Box office: 0131 220 0143

Amina Khayyam Dance production YERMA at the Edinburgh Festival 2015

Yerma, which received the accolade “as the top ten productions of 2014 in Mumbai” by the Hindustan Times, will play at the New Town Theatre for the duration of the Festival from 6th to 30th August, as part of the Universal Arts (Edinburgh) programme of international theatre, music and dance.

Choreographed by Amina Khayyam to Indian neoclassical dance – Kathak, Yerma has been adapted and scaled to the Edinburgh stage, retaining its ‘spectacular live music’ featuring cello and world renowned musicians – Debasish Mukherjee on tabla and Lucy Rahman on vocals. It tells the anguishing story of a woman in Federico Garcia Lorca’s savage yet lyrical play who suffers the heart breaking social torment of a childless marriage, which forces her to commit a horrific and irrevocable act.

Amina makes Yerma relevant to today’s new and marginalised communities of Britain and Europe, from its original setting of rural patriarchal Spain of nineteenth century.

Amina Khayyam Dance Co is a touring company that uses Kathak as the core narrative in making new work; adding to it other media and forms such as theatre, live art, and technology.  AKDC treats Kathak as a contemporary form and thereby transcends any ‘classical’ or ‘modern’ precepts to its approach. It believes the dance form is evolving with progressions demanded by contemporary culture, in the same way it did so from the demands of the Mughals, the last time it took a major step forward. At its heart, Kathak is a storytelling form. With its rich history, it is uniquely placed and equipped to tell new and urgent stories of global importance.