Fuerzabruta**** (Roundhouse, 9 January 2014)

Posted: January 10, 2014 in Theatre


This is probably the closest that I, or several others of similar age in the audience, will ever get to attending a “rave”. Originating from Argentina and going the rounds for a decade or so now, this show is a non-stop assault on the senses, with vibrant colour, breathtaking visual spectacle and deafening techno music. The promenading audience fills the space beneath the Roundhouse dome, whilst the action takes place around, amongst and, most often, above us. A man runs at breakneck speed on a conveyer belt, bursting though walls; human spiders crawl around a giant web; swimming pools, descend upon us to a level which enables us to touch their translucent bottoms and gaze directly into the eyes of the swimmers. At one point the arena is encircled by what looks like aluminium foil, the space is darkened and then illuminated by strobe lighting, blurred by emissions from smoke machines, and then drizzle is showered over us (as if London needs more rain right now). It is like a film packed with special effects, say Inception, except that there is no CGI, this is all live action, real flesh and tomato ketchup. Technically, the show is dazzling, the continuity is faultless and the 80 minutes literally flies by, leaving us with nothing to do except to go along for the ride. It is only afterwards that it dawns that it is all rather pointless, the evening being devoid of anything to engage the intellect or stimulate the brain. Maybe one day the creators of this show will collaborate with theatre makers who have a wider vision and are able to put this style of imaginative spectacle into a more meaningful context. That would definitely be something to look forward to.

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