Fuerza Bruta, which translates to “brute force”, is billed as “an Argentinean-founded multi-sensory spectacular” created by artistic director Diqui James and musical director Gaby Kerpel. Using every elemental force available and played out by a 12-strong company against a soundtrack of club beats and world music, Fuerza Bruta involves spectacular acrobatics, combined with clever lighting and illusions to create a visual feast above and around the audience.
Fuerza Bruta premiered in Buenos Aires in 2005 and has been seen in London, Lisbon, Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Rosario, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Queretaro and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In June 2006, it reopened the Roundhouse after a two-year £29.8 million refurbishment, playing an extended season. James and Kerpel also co-founded global hit De La Guarda, which was at the Roundhouse for 11 sell-out months (the venue’s longest theatrical run) in 1999/2000.
The Roundhouse was originally built in 1846 by Robert Stephenson as a railway engine repair shed that was capable of housing 23 steam engines. Its vast circular, circus-like arena accommodates up to 1,800 people sitting or up to 3,300 standing.