AS abstract as it is delirious, Fuerzabruta is guaranteed to make you smile while you scratch your head in wonderment.
The almost indescribable theatre-cum-circus show, the second major event of City of Culture, opened last Thursday, playing to thousands of punters over the weekend.
An Argentinian-founded ‘multi-sensory spectacular’, it is the first show in the Culture Factory, the old Dell building in Castletroy, which has been taken over for the year.
The venue, which was opened by Mayor Kathleen Leddin and county council counterpart leas cathaoirleach John Egan on Friday night, is staggering in size - some 365,000 square feet.
It plays host to Fuerzabruta until Saturday, 12 shows in all, with a 1,000 capacity the intended target per show. As of the weekend, nearly 9,000 tickets had been shifted, with City of Culture confident of selling more.
So what of Fuerzabruta - meaning brute force? Essentially it is a series of gigantic set-pieces - the first, a running man on a travelator, possibly beset by the trials and tribulations of everyday life, leaping through walls and brushing off his fellow citizens. A part of this sees two acrobats run on the walls around you; literally seeing is believing here.
Interspersed with this is the ‘Murga’ - an Argentianian influenced street dance, where the performers leap into the crowd and explode glitter squares over their heads.
The most majestic sequence is the ‘Mylar’ - a swimming pool sequence featuring four mermaid like performers diving and leaping as the pool, featuring 200 litres of warm water, slowly descends over the audience’s head.
As executive producer Liz Hood explained, Fuerzabruta is a show she was “100% sure that everyone will enjoy”.
“Because this is for me the best show in the world - it is a very easy party, we call Fuerzabruta a party,” she said.
“People have to come to enjoy and dance. everybody has a big smile. This is the way that people live the show every night, everywhere around the world.”