Since its first performance in London on 1 June 2006 (when it started previews prior to opening on 5 June), every performance of the critically acclaimed theatrical spectacular (See Review RoundUp, 6 Jun 2006) – which features 12 performers hurtling through a 65-minute physical show at breakneck speed - has been sold out. Currently, more than 30,000 tickets have been sold.
Using every elemental force available and played out against a soundtrack of club beats and world music, Fuerzabruta involves spectacular acrobatics, combined with clever lighting and illusions to create a visual feast.
The show is conceived and directed by Diqui James, one of the co-founders of De La Guarda, which was at the Roundhouse for 11 sell-out months (the venue’s longest theatrical run) in 1999/2000 with their global hit.
Fuerzabruta reopened the venue after a two-year £29.8 million refurbishment. 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.
- by Caroline Ansdell