I am writing about my Fuerza Bruta experience after just coming home from watching the show while the memory of it is still fresh on my mind. Some weeks ago, I came upon a blog entry regarding Fuerza Bruta, or was that a facebook post? I don’t really remember. My curiosity was piqued but not enough to actually ask my friends to come with me to watch the show, especially after finding out that ticket prices are somewhere along the lines of Php 3, 000. But just this Thursday, J sent us an email asking if we wanted to watch it since they’re selling coupons at the discounted price of Php 1, 450 on Ensogo. He was dying to watch it and it’s the last 2 shows already. So I said why not. I saw the coupon too and I was actually about to ask them to go with me. As it turns out, our friends were not available but we still went ahead and finalized the purchase for the both of us. I couldn’t contain my excitement.
J picked me up at the office so went to the Manila Hotel together. We were 2 hours early and had time to kill so we first roamed around the hotel lobby. After freshening up at the restroom, we went outside and proceeded to the tent where the show will be held. We were ushered into the Fuerza Bruta lounge where they had chairs, couches, cocktail areas, and of course, a bar. We each ordered a bottle of Antonov Mandarin and killed time playing games on our iPad and Kindle Fire.
Then it was show time. We were directed to the area of the tent which would serve as the “stage”. Technically, there was no stage to speak of since the show was an interactive spectacle of dance, acrobatics, visual displays, heart-pounding music, and other antics which would take place around us. There were no seats provided because you had to move along as the show progressed.
It’s interactive because the audience is asked to move around depending on what the act requires. The cast even mingles with the audience and sometimes you’ll just be surprised to find them standing next to you or running past you. There was also one act where it required some audience participation. They would pick out some individuals from the audience whose head they’ll hit with a styrofoam and once it shatters, will release a rain of small paper cubes like a piñata. I love the way they dance, full of energy and uses all body parts. They encourage the audience to dance with them too. You will really feel the rhythm of the show with the music making your heart literally pound. If only I wasn’t carrying my office laptop on my back, I would have danced my heart out and enjoyed it more.
My favorite part of the show would have to be the part wherein the women swam around in this suspended pool with transparent bottom above our heads. It hurt to look up though. And that part was really long. But it was totally worth it. these women actually throw themselves face-down into the pool bottom. Hard. I even had to clutch my chest, imagining how much that has to hurt. I think the men enjoyed it too since the performers were dressed in panties and flimsy tops with no bra. And since this is an act with water, alam na. Haha. They also lower the pool towards the end and the audience is allowed to touch it, like touching the women, through glass. Here’s a short clip I was able to take while that part of the show was starting: Click here
One thing I noticed though, with a show like that, it is more than a little difficult if you are horizontally challenged. I’m already tall but there were times I had to step on tiptoe just so I could get a better view more so since there were a lot of cameras raised in front of me. One hour flew by so fast. I actaully felt bitin at the end. I wanted more!
I brought my camera but didn’t really take a lot of pictures or videos since I wanted to simply enjoy the show. And enjoy I did. I think I was watching with my mouth hanging open more than half of the time. Haha. I need to watch more of these types of shows.
It has its hits and misses but overall, it was one spectacular show I wouldn’t mind watching again if there was a second run. The final performance will be on the 26th. If you were able to read this in time, do catch the show, you won’t regret it. Here’s a picture of the performers as they were taking their bow: