w a t e r w a s w a s s e r (2017)
The premiere of w a t e r w a s s e r was scheduled on August 2nd and 3rd, during the Theater aan Zee festival in Ostend. Due to medical reasons, the première has been rescheduled. The first tour dates are 14, 15 and 16 September, during the Love At First Sight festival in Antwerp.
w a t e r w a s w a s s e r (working title) is an intimate encounter with an audience. It is a performance about paying attention to the here and now, and to who and what surrounds us. After all, we live at a time without time to take time, whereas it is time that makes things meaningful, important. In these fast and furious times, Dounia encourages us to pause, to allow emptiness to exist and observe anew from that emptiness. What she hopes to evoke is curiosity about others, a desire for a better understanding of each other.
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 Salut Copain (2015), she is striving for a fanciful shift between extremes: light exists alongside dark, or heavy. Beautiful exists thanks to ugly. We would not appreciate peace and quiet without disquiet. No order without chaos. No silence without sound to make that silence audible.
The thread running through the performance is the question of what would happen if we regarded every living creature as a mystery. A mystery requires a specific sort of attention, it wants to be solved. Solving 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.
creation: Dounia Mahammed – dramaturgy: Tine Van Aerschot – artistic advice: Jan-Baptist Van Damme – technique: Bram Geldhof – production: wpZimmer (Antwerp) – co-production: C-Takt, Vooruit (Ghent), Buda (Kortrijk), C-Mine (Genk) – residencies: Gouvernement (Ghent), KAAP (Bruges), Buda (Kortrijk), Arsenaal / Lazarus (Mechelen), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels)
- Interview: Bill.be