A playground of life histories

Toneelhuis, Kunstenwerkplaats, Sophia Rodriguez

FRICTION is a show that starts from the hypothesis that fiction between people is disappearing. We associate fiction with resistance, delay and conflict. In a capitalist environment we prefer a smooth-running situation. But we pay a price for that s smoothness, for it creates distance and therefore coldness between people.
Choreographer / theatre maker Sophia Rodriguez investigates whether intentionally provoking friction between people is a way of freeing them of psychological and cultural differences, which often get in the way of communicating with others.

The performers meet each other in an imaginary playground in a park. Inspired by workshops with children during the research period for FRICTION, the performers develop a playground for adults, a chill-out zone where individuals with varying intentions confront each other, play and often literally stumble over one another. Away from the smoothness, they throw themselves into the clash of opposing forces. At night, the playground reveals people with hidden fears, utopian resistance and unfulfilled desires.

The players create an imaginary park that is a combination of artificial props, real tree trunks and branches from nearby parks, but also machine-made (fake) wooden planks. In FRICTION, individual convictions and identities rub against each other as if they were pieces of dry wood. This inflammable situation is presented as an essential part of transformation: fiery, playful, and inescapable.


  • Sophia Rodriguez

performers and creators

  • Martina Calvo
  • Vincent Focquet
  • Anna Franziska Jäger
  • Sophia Rodriguez
  • Robert Steijn
  • Simon Van Schuylenbergh


  • Robert Steijn

costume design and props

  • Sofie Durnez


  • Sofie Durnez
  • Sophia Rodriguez


  • Thomas Proksch
  • Sophia Rodriguez

sound design

  • Korneel Moreaux

light design

  • Jan Maertens


  • Kunstenwerkplaats


  • Toneelhuis
  • Kunstencentrum BUDA
  • VierNulVier

All data

  1. Thursday 16 November 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Premiere
  2. Friday 17 November 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Monday 27 November 2023 — 20h00 — Kunstencentrum Buda, Kortrijk
  4. Tuesday 28 November 2023 — 20h00 — Kunstencentrum Buda, Kortrijk
  5. Thursday 7 December 2023 — 20h00 — VIERNULVIER/Domzaal, Gent
  6. Friday 8 December 2023 — 20h00 — VIERNULVIER/Domzaal, Gent

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