THEATRE | Fuerza Bruta Argentine Air Spectacle 27 Dec – 26 Jan 2013

Fuerza Bruta – the show from the founders of De La Guarda that reopened the Roundhouse in 2006 – will return to the historic Chalk Farm venue for a limited four-week season from 26 December 2012 to 27 January 2013. 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.

Venue: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH

Dates: Thurs 27 Dec – Sat 26 Jan 2013

Times: Tues – Weds, 8pm / Thurs – Sat, 7pm and 10pm / Sun – 5pm and 8pm / Final week: Tue 22 – Sat 26 Jan 7pm & 10pm

Pricing: Thurs 27 & Fri 28 December: £30 / Sun & Tues – Thurs: £35 / Fri & Sat: £39.50 Buy tickets here.

The show combines the most physical theatre with the most stunning theatrical imagery the UK will have ever seen, and plunges its audience into a world that is at times hard, dark and aggressive, and at other times joyous and celebratory. Twelve performers hurtle through this 65 minute show at breakneck speed, using every elemental force known to man. At times the performance treads the edge of real danger with alarming effect, the audience engages with what increasingly becomes an investigation into the mind of a crowd, where occasionally one person is left alone, struggling against the masses. Like those of De La Guarda, the visuals and effects are stunning. Performers run and tumble across a vertical wall of technicolour cloth, a man runs headlong through a wall, two people try desperately to connect from opposite sides of a huge spinning and whirling sail and – most extraordinary of all – performers dance in watery world just above the audience s heads. This all takes place to a soundtrack that traverses thumping club beats to the mellow sounds of new world music. The show is awash with colour and light, at times the bright strobed and head spinning lights of a nightclub, at other times soft, warming and beautiful colours fill the space.

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