Do I really need to see the Fuerza Bruta show before leaving Buenos Aires? Posted on 19 Feb 16:07 , 0 comments

Article by Arnaud Paillard.

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After having spent a few months in Buenos Aires, the Fuerza Bruta show will seem something like Bigfoot to you: a lot of people talk about it, try to convince you that it’s awesome, however nobody can describe it or much less tell you what it is about. This lack of clarity leaves you completely unsure about whether you decide to go see it or not.

Thanks to this guide, you will know if it is worthwhile to spend ARS 140 (on an evening you could spend otherwise drinking beers on a rooftop) to go to Fuerza Bruta.

What is Fuerza Bruta ?

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Fuerza Bruta is a theater company that was born in the aftermath of the Argentinian crisis in 2001. Its director and founder, Diqui James, was part of La Organización Negra at the end of the dictatorship, when he decided to create a new form of theater in the nineties with a brand new company De la Guarda.

His first two companies benefited from the end of the dictatorship, which allowed him to create a new form of theater, one that is more creative and experimental. They played with the audience, with fire, and wrote on walls like street artists during their performances.

In 2003, Diqui James and his associates decided to take it to the next level. They combined all the shows they had been performing with De La Guarda, built more advanced machinery, and created a whole new spectacle in which they displayed everything they had done in the past two decades. James collaborated with the electronic music composer, Gaby Kerpel a.k.a. King Coya, in order to offer a more total experience where what you see is synchronized with what you hear, and vice versa.

In a few words, Fuerza Bruta is a mix between experimental theater, dancing, and Le Cirque du Soleil type of entertainment.

Why should I go?

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You should go to Fuerza Bruta because it is an 80-minute, breath-taking show, during which you do not have time to get bored. It is a show where not only the two first rows might get wet, but the entire audience as well.

The main attraction to Fuerza Bruta is not knowing what you are about to see. The best advice we could give you would be not to read the Trip Advisor reviews, which would act as a spoiler and ruin the experience. What we can tell you is that you are going to see actors breaking stuff, girls in bikinis playing in the water above your head, and flying men in tubes filled with confetti.

Why wouldn’t I rather stay home drinking Quilmes in my pelopincho?

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Unfortunately Fuerza Bruta appears to be a combination of miscellaneous performances, which doesn’t come as a surprise because of James’ willingness to merge the material of his first two shows into a new one. The thing is, despite its dazzling side, this show lacks something: sense.

Seeing and feeling the energy of the display, one has the impression that the directors only wanted to show how impressive their machinery is, as well as how awesome it is to see good-looking girls with wet T-shirts on a wire-suspended pool above the audience. One could infer that the creators of this show want to say something about life, death, and love. However, this sense is drowned in an avalanche of light effects and acrobatic performances.

My elitist side also tells me that this show is nothing but a huge entertainment factory after realizing that the performers do the same show, 9 times a week. That means, you go there, have your 1 hour and 20 minutes of optical pleasure, and suddenly – Next ! – you have to leave because the show must go on, as there is a crowd of paying customers waiting for their fix of visual entertainment.

To sum it up, you should go if:

  • you do not feel claustrophobic in big crowds;
  • you want to see what everyone is talking about (it is honestly quite an impressive and amazing show) ;
  • you want to see a cheaper alternative of Le Cirque du Soleil.

You should not go if:

  • you are a hipster theater viewer who rejects everything that appears to be more or less mainstream ;
  • you know some actual, amazing independent theaters in the city and you do not feel comfortable with the idea of watching a show subsidized by the French car-maker Citroën;
  • you do not like half-naked girls.