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.
Running parallel to Dounia’s performance is the live music of pianist Alan Van Rompuy, member of VORTEX Quintet and winner of awards for best band and best soloist at the Jazz Contest Mechelen and best band at the XL Jazz Contest. A meeting of words and music.
concept, text, with Dounia Mahammed | music Alan Van Rompuy | artistic advice Tine Van Aerschot, Dries Douibi & Simon D’huyvetter | set design Koen Demeyere & Dounia Mahammed | light design Timme Afschrift | technics Simon D’huyvetter | production wpZimmer | coproduction C-Takt, Vooruit, Buda, C-Mine | with thanks to residencies at Gouvernement, KAAP, Buda, ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek | with the support of the Flemish Community | thanks to Jakob Ampe, Kosi Hidama, Jan Van Damme, Bram Geldhof, Tom Callemin