On the Page, the Stage
& the Sound waves
بنت إبراهيم …على الأثير
A deep and soulful female voice
In three languages*
Arabic (classical & Levantine)
English (Standard/international & American)
Dutch (met een buitenlands accent)
* Not counting dance
What I do
Who I am
Transcending boundaries of culture, language and punctuation...
First was the word…
Then came the voice to bring it to life… to make it heard and understood.
More then twenty years of professional experience
Visit my studio & listen to some samples
My passion for language started very young, as did my love for reciting and acting (or ‘acting out’ if you ask my parents.) As a child(born and raised in Jordan) my English read-along books were my most prized possession: Abridged fairytales of Grimms and similar(s), illustrated and narrated on tape – yes, I date back to prehistory, before audio could be filed and when a ‘walkman’ was Wow-
My read alongs were the only items I took with me when I used to run away from home (or rather hide in the neighbours’ garden waiting for my mother to come out in tears-which she never did because the neighbour snitched and mother didn’t want to encourage such behaviour- and I’m drifting off… but I guess if you’ve read this far, you didn’t mind it too much.
our childhood holds clues to our path in life...
Perhaps it’s true… because here I am today, with my own studio. ready for the next recording.
My latest creation: a modern fable in Dutch
Een filosofisch dierenverhaal voor alle leeftijden. Een beschouwing op de multiculturele en multidimensionale samenleving door de ogen van een nieuwkomer, een kat
Are you a dreamer? Well, we all are. Only some people remember their dreams and some do not. It is a choice one makes… to remember. What we give our attention to becomes bright -and what we do not recedes into darkness. As for nightmares and recurring dreams, those are some of the best to work with.
There is much insight that could be gained from exploring dreams and working with them creatively. This could be done individually and in groups. There are many approaches and many styles.
I have found that a combination of talk & embodiment to be ideal, which in turn represents the marriage between my academic/research background in Psychology and Consciousness Studies and my career as a performing artist and workshop facilitator.
Read here about the offerings. If they resonate, do get in touch and let’s get working on those dreams.
Dancing dreams awake: seasonal workshops
I fell in love with bees. There’s no other way to describe it. It was never my intention. My husband and I had moved to a house in Limburg with a large piece of land. I had a green thumb and wanted take a permaculture course, but those were too far away and beyond my budget at the time. Beekeeping on the other hand was offered everywhere and cost very little, so why not. But the bees hijacked my heart and guided me in tending form them. Beekeeping did not only become my favourite activity, it became a school and a spiritual practice. The bees naturally call for a new story to be written. But for’s that another chapter. You have to wait. Until I finish writing that book, you can follow my journey with the bees and plants on instagram @ maskan.aat and soon on a blog/vlog.