Look up. Those are the only words you need to know to attend Fuerza Bruta: Wayra, the NYC off broadway show that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Wayra” is the third installment of the performance and has been playing just East of Union Square at the Daryl Roth Theater since 2007. On Fridays this summer, the party continues for Fuerza Bruta ticket holders, who can head to Webster Hall for a free afterparty with an extended 30 minute dance set. But back at the theater, Fuerza Bruta is part performance art and part interpretive dance, with a bit of traditional Argentinian music thrown in. It’s as if Cirque du Soleil met the Blue Man Group (yes, there is A LOT of drumming). Part of the appeal of the show, however, is its unexpected nature. “Wayra” debuted last June as a followup to “Fuerzabruta,” which ran for six years at the same theater after “Fuerza Bruta: Look Up” started it all. The music and acts have slightly differed through the years, but the most successful parts have stayed around.
The 80 minute show demands its audience stand in a dark room with high ceilings. The exits are illuminated, but you aren’t quite sure what you are getting into when you arrive. During the show, you move throughout the venue as crew bring in the props (a giant treadmill, a spinning wheel, etc.). There’s a lot of moving around and a lot of neck strain. It may not be comfortable, but the minutes fly by. Fast. I won’t reveal too much, since that pretty much ruins the show, but just know that my mouth was fully agape during an extended 30 minute sequence that involved water. The aerial aspect is truly unlike anything currently offered in the city, making Fuerza Bruta one of a kind. The show is a series of acts interspersed with music. There’s smoke, a vaulted swimming pool, and even indoor rainfall (bring your poncho). Wayra is billed as an interactive experience and the highlights include getting hit with styrofoam blocks (seriously) and several dance parties (the DJ gets it).
Fuerza Bruta: Wayra is at the Daryl Roth Theater, 20 Union Square East, at 15th Street. Tickets to the show can be purchased here.