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New York — By Steve Mirsky on April 10, 2010 at 12:20 am
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Fuerza Bruta NYC

Fuerza Bruta (Brute Force), a product of underground Argentinian theater, is a non-stop collision of dynamic music and aerial action held twice daily at the Daryl Roth Theater in Union Square. During the span of this 1 hour show, a suited man runs full throttle through a series of moving walls, women frolick in a watery world suspended just inches above the audience behind plexiglass, and confetti and “rain showers” cover the crowd. 

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Definitely not a run-of-the-mill off Broadway theatrical production! First of all there are no words…only music, sounds, lights and movement. Most importantly, there are no chairs…you’re on your feet the whole time dancing to chest thumping house music with the rest of the audience and cast.  All the action is said to reflect the human condition in today’s world…frustration with the corporate cubicle culture made all the edgier with the copious amounts of caffeine we imbibe daily. Performers enter from all directions doing their thing in the middle of the room, on stages, in boxes above the audience and all over the walls making it a true 360 degree experience. This primal energy is enhanced by audience participation and the techno/brazilian music  reverberating off the theater space, essentially a wide open dance floor holding 150-200 people standing in the darkness around a marker circle with intense lighting and fog effects all around.  Think participatory rave! 

20 “rush-tickets” sold at the box office window each day for $25 in cash.  Better than their regular price of $ 75 but you have to be there at 6 p.m., 2 hours before the show, and every person is limited  to 2 tickets.  Other options are to use Goldstar.com for $35 tickets but you have to buy them a week in advance and for select shows only on Tues/Wed/Fri.  Try broadwaybox.com and theatermania.com as well.

By subway: Get off at the Union Square – 14th St. Station and walk up one block on Park Ave.

photo courtesy of Fuerza Bruta

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