Dounia Mahammed graduated from the drama department at KASK in Ghent in 2015. Her work shows a particular sensitivity to language, humour and visual thinking. In her graduation performance Salut Copain (2015), she uses language as a medium to philosophise, dream, draw, waver and question on stage. In her solo w a t e r w a s w a s s e r (2017), she explores a new way of communicating, where her whimsical associations and movements enter into a poetic dialogue with Alan Van Rompuy’s music. As a writer and actress, Mahammed has a keen interest in social issues, philosophical reflections and the poetry of the everyday. Her work aims to tell something about human beings and being human, oscillating between wonder and despair. During her studies, she made, among others, the performance Woudwachten (2014) with the visitors of Villa Voortman (open house for people with dual diagnosis) in Ghent. She previously collaborated with Silke Huysmans for Manger de l’O (2013), with Mira Bryssinck for Usotroop (2014) and with Anjana Dierckx and Lukas Smolders for Schaduwmensen (2013). In August 2016, Dounia Mahammed won the SABAM Young Theatre Writing Prize at the festival Theater aan Zee in Ostend with Salut Copain.
Photo: Mira Bryssinck
In w a t e r w a s w a s e r, theatre-maker Dounia Mahammed gives you an insight into her train of thought. Her ingenious text is as lighthearted as it is profound, taking you along life’s questions, daily worries, rhymes and absurd side roads. The improvisations of pianist
Alan Van Rompuy turn the solo into a lively dialogue. w a t e r w a s w a s s e r is a whimsical, poetic performance that makes you painfully and joyfully aware of the fluidity of life.