“This isn’t dance narrative as we know it but something that burrows much deeper into the emotional roots of Lorca’s play, finding a poetry of its own” .

The anguishing story of Yerma in Federico Garcia Lorca’s savage yet lyrical play about a woman who suffers the heart breaking social torment of a childless marriage, that forces her to commit a horrific and irrevocable act, is set to Indian neoclassical dance – Kathak.

Originally set in rural patriarchal Spain of 19th century, Yerma is made relevant by Amina Khayyam for today’s new and marginalised communities of Britain and Europe.

Performed to spectacular live music with tabla, cello and vocals featuring world-renowned musicians.

Tour Dates


24 Oct 2013



Ivy Arts Centre,

13 Nov 2013


The Hat Factory

21 Nov 2013


The Hawth

23 Nov 2015


La Caja Blanca

31 Oct 2014

Malaga, Spain

Brighton Dome

12 Nov 2014


NCPA Mumbai

5 Dec 2014

Mumbai, India

Rich Mix

21 Mar 2015



6-28 Aug 2015

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Gulbenkian Theatre

11 Mar 2016



Courtyard Hereford

6 Apr 2016


14 Apr 2016


Artonin Artaud

19 Oct 2016

Brunel, London

Korzo Festival

25 Oct 2016

The Hague, Netherlands


26 Oct 2016


De Oosterport

27 Oct 2016

Gronningen, Netherlands

De Lawei

28 Oct 2016

Drachten, Netherlands


“Powerful, poignant kathak dance…sharply stylized.. dramatically alert, thematically rich and ultimately moving “

**** / The List (Donald Hutera)

“Khayyam has a strong command of Kathak…. takes us deep into Yerma’s soul”

4**** / The Scotsman (Kelly Apter)

“highest production values are in evidence throughout”

4**** / The Herald (Keith Bruce)

“This isn’t dance narrative as we know it but something that burrows much deeper into the emotional roots of Lorca’s play, finding a poetry of its own”

4**** / FestMag (Lucy Ribchester)

“The choreography is exquisite… breathtaking”

4**** / Broadway Baby

“emotive, well-choreographed. The highlight is Yerma’s expressive eyes. For a dancer to be able to tell the entirety of the narrative just through her eyes, it’s astonishing”

4**** / Edfest Mag

"One of the top ten productions of 2014 in Mumbai'

Hindustan Times

"a moving... and haunting piece with high-intensity performances and beautiful live musical accompaniment"

Brighton Argus

“skill.. technique.. beauty, of which it has plenty”

Sanjoy Roy, Pulse



choreography and principal performer: Amina Khayyam

music: Tarun Jasani, Debasish Mukherjee & Amina Khayyam

dramaturgy: Hardial Rai

pool dancers: Lucy Teed, Jane Chan, Seetal Gahir, Iris Chan

musicians:Debasish Mukherjee, Lucy Rahman,

pool musicians (cello): Sebastian Comberti, James Barallet, Ryan Madhok, Alastair Morgan, 

costume: Keith Khan

lighting: Stuart Walton



produced by Hardial S. Rai for Amina Khayyam Dance Company in partnership with Collage Arts & The Artta with funding support from Arts Council of Englandzeroculture