Dounia Mahammed (1990, Brussels) graduated from the Drama department of the School of Arts Ghent l KASK Ghent. Her work displays an extraordinary sensitivity to language, humour and visual thinking. In her graduation production Salut Copain (2015) she uses the language as a medium to philosophize, dream, draw, hesitate and ask questions on stage. Mahammed is particularly interested in social issues, philosophical reflection and the poetry of the everyday. Her work tells us something about human beings and being a human being, and in so doing walks the tightrope between surprise and despair. While still studying, she made (among other things) the play Woudwachten (2014) with the visitors to Villa Voortman (open house for people with dual diagnosis) in Ghent. Before that she worked with Silke Huysmans on Manger de l’O (2013), with Mira Bryssinck on Usotroop (2014) and with Anjana Dierckx and Lukas Smolders on Schaduwmensen (2013). In August 2016 Dounia Mahammed won the SABAM Prize for Young Playwrights at the TAZ (Theatre by the Sea) festival in Ostend. In 2017 she is working on a new solo piece about rituals and encounters, entitled w a t e r w a s w a s s e r. In 2015 Dounia Mahammed started a long-term collaboration with wpZimmer.