w a t e r w a s w a s s e r (2017) 

by Dounia Mahammed

What would happen if we were to look at every living being like at an enigma, something that wants to be solved? How would we deal with reality? In these times without time to take time, Dounia wants to stop and take time, to allow emptiness to exist and observe anew 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. She is striving for a fanciful shift between extremes: light exists alongside dark, or heavy. We would not appreciate peace and quiet without disquiet. No silence without sound to make that silence audible.

Solving a mystery is linked to the here and now. It requires us to engage actively and keenly with different elements. Because things are changeable, and people enduring. But it is not about answers. It is about questions. w a t e r w a s w a s s e r is a question.

Dounia found inspiration in Zen Buddhism, taoism, tea rituals and the stilled, poetical work of the German artist Wolfgang Laib.

Concept, text and performance: Dounia Mahammed Music: Alan Van Rompuy
Artistic advice: Tine Van Aerschot, Dries Douibi & Simon D'huyvetter Scenography: Koen Demeyere & Dounia Mahammed Lighting design: Timme Afschrift Technique: Simon D'huyvetter Production: wpZimmer (Antwerp) Co-production: C-Takt (Neerpelt), Vooruit (Ghent), BUDA (Kortrijk), C-Mine (Genk) Residency support: Gouvernement (Ghent), KAAP (Bruges), BUDA (Kortrijk), Arsenaal / Lazarus (Mechelen), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels) Supported by: the Flemish Community Thanks to: Jakob Ampe, Kosi Hidama, Jan Van Damme, Bram Geldhof & Tom Callemin


  • Theatre
  • Duration: 50 min.
  • Language: English & Dutch
  • Technical rider (in Dutch)




Th 21 Dec 2017 - 20.00 uur
on location: LOD Studio
Fr 22 Dec 2017 - 20.00 uur
on location: LOD Studio
Tu 8 May 2018 - 20.30 uur
We 9 May 2018 - 20.30 uur


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