Part Cirque du Soleil, part experimental theatre, Fuerza Bruta is 70 minutes of visual poetry. With no discernible dialogue, every nuance is left open to individual interpretation. From the onset, the audience is physically, if not yet emotionally, connected to the production, as they are forced to move to accommodate the ever-rotating set pieces. This bodily engagement forces a deeper connection, manifesting a sense of inclusion in the action of the performers. Bass heavy sound effects and music only further a visceral attachment to the performance.
But the genius of creative/artistic director Diqui James never lets an action carry on too long with out changing, even if only slightly. These subtle adjustments in the action and music force the audience to remain constantly aware and involved, something that is not difficult to do given the always interesting movement, lighting, sound, and set.
For me, the production was profoundly affecting, moving me to tears on several occasions. It was not sad, at least not to me, but the emotion it evoked filled me at intervals with sheer joy, ecstasy, and a feeling of complete freedom.
Fuerza Bruta pushes the boundaries of theatrical elements and audience expectations. Without revealing too much, go prepared to release your inhibitions and be open to the moment. No pictures of specifics were included in this article because the less you know or expect, the more in the moment you will be. So go see for yourself. Get your feet wet.
Fuerzabruta is currently showing at the Daryl Roth Theater in New York City.