Written by Dounia Mahammed (1990), w a t e r w a s w a s s e r is a new one-man play about rituals and encounters. It is about paying attention to the here and now, and to who and what are around us. In these fast and furious times when there is no time to take time, Dounia encourages us to pause, to allow emptiness to exist and to observe afresh from that emptiness.
Dounia looks for new ways to communicate through a formal game using space, time, movement and voice: a choreography for one hand, or language that becomes pure sound. As in the successful Salut Copain (2015) for which she won the SABAM Prize for Young Playwrights in 2016, in w a t e r w a s w a s s e r she again switches between extremes: light exists alongside dark or heavy. Beautiful exists thanks to ugliness. We would not appreciate peace and quiet without turmoil, order without chaos, or silence without sound to make that silence audible.
Imagine what would happen if we looked upon everything around us as a mystery. That is the issue w a t e r w a s w a s s e r raises. Dounia drew inspiration from Zen Buddhism, Taoism, tea rituals, and the still, poetic work of the German artist Wolfgang Laib.
by and with Dounia Mahammed | dramaturgy Tine Van Aerschot | artistic advice Jan-Baptist Van Damme | technical matters Bram Geldhof | production wpZimmer | coproduction C-Takt, Vooruit, Buda and C-Mine | with thanks to residencies at Gouvernement, KAAP, Buda, ARSENAAL / LAZARUS and De Pianofabriek with the support of the Flemish Community
Arenberg, Arenbergstraat 28
Tickets €12 or buy a LOVE PAS (€27 for 3 shows).