Four different stories in Four different places, each developed from the ‘local’ told through Kathak and physical theatre for a compelling exploration of mental health. 

A unique regional project exploring and giving voice to issues of mental health in communities when there is no word to describe it, where shame and social stigma follow it, where no one is willing to acknowledge it…

This new work uses the south Asian dance Kathak as the core narrative collaborating with physical theatre and live music to tell the stories which the Company developed in marginalised and disenfranchised communities across four regions – Woking, Birmingham, Luton and Tower Hamlets – working with women who are beginning to confront the social stigma of mental health – incorporating their real life experiences. Each venue will have a story tailored from the ‘local’ vernacular and dynamic.

The project was conceived in 2014 during Amina’s workshops with St Hilda’s Women’s Centre in the neighbourhood of Rich Mix – Tower Hamlets (East London) for the production of Yerma, when the subject was often expressed. Since then, AKDC has found it common in a number of other ‘localities’ – where the company has now established partnerships for its development.

The Hum in My Heart will use kathak as the main core of movement but adding to it a visceral soundscape made from video projection, elements of image capture motion and live music – south Asian and European instrumentation – sarod, tabla, cello and vocals.

The project is being made as site-specific in four regions – East London, Woking, Luton and Birmingham. Each region will have its own story and be performed only in that locality.

Tour Dates

Hat Factory

12/13 Feb 2010



Movement designed and created by Amina Khayyam