Sophia Rodriguez
  • Thu 07.12
    20:00 - 21:25
    De Vooruit - Domzaal
  • Fri 08.12
    20:00 - 21:25
    De Vooruit - Domzaal

Sparks of connection will fly

Wandering through the realms of hyper-therapy, soap-illusions and psychological projections a group of people rediscovers the beauty of encounter. Going beyond the smooth situation of staying separated they enjoy the dynamic of giving and taking between opposite forces which want to meet. Sustaining conflicting energies instead of avoiding, they explore friction as a practice of transformation.

In a playground of biographies, a turmoil of thoughts, desires, fears, and compulsive actions appear, created by bodies, who are conditioned by narratives, we project on ourselves or on others. Do we really meet when we mirror ourselves in the other?

Sophia Rodriguez explores with her performers the act of friction as a strategy to get rid of psychological and cultural garbage that limits us to connect with each other. Friction becomes a deliberately chosen act of rubbing projections, beliefs and identities against each other as if they are pieces of dry dead wood. Sustaining this rubbing of unbridgeable differences creates an enormous heat in our minds and bodies, it will burn down our protection shields, for sure liquid will reappear in our way of thinking, a vitalising wetness of unknown visions and desires, a fluidity that destroys our comfort zone made by the narratives we told ourselves. Can we adapt to what is beneficial for that moment of connection, and not what is beneficial to who we think we must be. 

In 'FRICTION' we play with rubbing/flipping different atmospheres of connecting. Treasure diving in between the deep, the superficial, the artificial, the natural, the sentimental, the intellectual, the intimate, the opinionated. No quality can be excluded to glide along.

Concept: Sophia Rodriguez - Text is created by the performers - Performers and makers: Anna Franziska Jäger, Vincent Focquet, Simon Van Schuylenbergh, Robert Steijn, Martina Calvo & Sophia Rodriguez  - Dramaturgy: Robert Steijn - Outside eye: Meg Stuart, Louise Van den Eede - Costume design and props: Sofie Durnez  - Scenographys Sofie Durnez, Sophia Rodriguez - Animation & drawings: Martina Calvo - Music: Gašper Piano - Voices: Kalé Rodriguez Goldberg, Simone Rodriguez Goldberg, Audra Runnels, Azul Belmar & Violeta Belmar - Sound design: Korneel Moreaux - Light design: Jan Maertens - Pole advice: Majo Cázares - Production: KWP Kunstenwerkplaats - Coproduction: Toneelhuis, Kunstencentrum BUDA & VIERNULVIER - With the support of De Grote Post, Kaaitheater & NEXT Festival - With the financial support of de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie and Taxshelter - Thanks to Micha Goldberg, Mary Gloria Pacheco, Benjamin Vandewalle, Marie Umuhoza, Jozef Wouters, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe, Julia Reist, Eevi Kinnunen, Helena Araujo, Rosie Sommers, Lazará Rosell Albear, Horacio Macuacua, Oneka von Schrader, Thomas Proksch and Tim Coenen.