Fuerza Bruta – an all immersive, inclusive show currently at the Daryl Roth Theatre off Broadway in NYC. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. For starters, the audience do not sit, but congregate in the centre of what could be mistaken for an English school drama studio.
But when it starts, with a dramatic yell and thundering drums, you know right away that you’re in for a treat for all the senses.
Fuelled by intense energy, the show’s primary function is to make you really feel something, rather than think. The production is plotless and features a dozen or so actors who are all seemingly battling away from the hum-drum of every day life. A man starts by running through life – past chairs and people on the street who disappear out of life, before crashing through wall after wall after wall.
The centerpiece of the show, when a clear pool lowers itself over the crowd, is some sort of creative masterpiece. Between girls slipping and sliding across the pool in nothing but a pair of underwear and see-through white tops, the show has some brief, still moments. The performers also stop, taking the time to peer through the pool at the crowd – seeming serene, innocent, mermaid-like.
It doesn’t take long for the energy to crank right back up – D&B so loud it makes your insides throb, strobe lights and performers who are obviously having more fun than you’d think it possible to have whilst at work. Soon, the small room turns into a rave in a storm, with rain pummeling the crowd and some good old fashioned EDM searing through everyone, encouraging them to join in and dance too.