Dounia Mahammed graduated from the Drama Department at the KASK in Ghent in 2015 with the solo Salut Copain. She won the Young Theatre Writing Price at Theater aan Zee for this piece. Her work displays an exceptional sensitivity to language, humour and a visual way of thinking and Dounia is particularly interested in social issues, philosophical reflections and the poetry of everyday things. Her work is intended to tell us something about mankind and being human, and swings from wonder to despair.
At BUDA she will be creating a new solo: w a t e r w a s w a s s e r.
w a t e r w a s w a s s e r is an intimate encounter with an audience. It is a performance about paying attention to the here and now, and to who and what surrounds us. After all, we live at a time without time to take time, whereas it is time that makes things meaningful, important. In these fast and furious times, Dounia encourages us to pause, to allow emptiness to exist and observe anew from that emptiness. What she hopes to evoke is curiosity about others, a desire for a better understanding of each other.
Dounia found inspiration in Zen Buddhism, taoism, tea rituals and the stilled, poetical work of the German artist Wolfgang Laib.
w a t e r w a s w a s s e r will première at Theater aan Zee 2017.