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Fuerzabruta @ the Roundhouse

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A few years ago a friend invited me to go along to the Roundhouse to see a show by a theatre group from Argentina by the name of De La Guarda.

I'd never heard of them and had no idea what to expect, but I'll tell you this much: it turned out to be one of the most extraordinary theatre performances I've ever seen. And the good news is, the show's creators – Diqui James (co-founder/co-creator) and Gaby Kerpel (composer/musical director) – are returning to the Roundhouse with another show, Fuerzabruta (meaning 'brute force'). In fact, this happens to be the same show that re-opened the famous Camden venue in 2006 after an extensive renovation.

Back by popular demand, Fuerzabruta's four-week run kicks off on 27th December, and from what I've heard, it promises all the magic and surprises of De La Guarda, and then some.

The Roundhouse website describes the show thus: "….mind-blowing visual effects that must be seen to be believed – the iconic image of a man bursting full throttle through a series of moving walls, an incredible scene in a watery world suspended just inches above the audience – Fuerzabruta is a theatrical experience that floods the senses."

Yes, that description reminds me very much of elements of De La Guarda. The show happened all around you, with the performers flying majestically over the all-standing audience – a few people were even plucked out of the watching crowd by these awesome acrobats and carried high up towards the roof of the Roundhouse. It was one bizarre show, hugely entertaining, full of surprises, and you can bet Fuerzabruta will impress no less.

My advice is this – don't research the show too much. You'll enjoy it all the more if you have no idea what's coming. However, be sure not to wear your Sunday best, as the show notes warn "you may get wet, you may get dirty." I'll guarantee you this much though – you will be blown away.

[Images: Fuerzabruta]
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Why? It won't be the usual 'night out at the theatre.'
When: 27th December 2012 to 26th January, 2013.
Phone: 0844 482 8008
Where: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8EH
Cost: £30 to £40.
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