I saw this show twice in Buenos Aires as the company is originally from Argentina. The great thing is that they are now performing at London’s Roundhouse. A mixture of circus, acrobatic and interactive theatre is the perfect combination to make Fuerza Bruta a “must see show”. It is live until March 2nd at the Roundhouse.
I went to see this show in Southbank last week with some friends.The scenery is in the middle with chairs all around it, which it makes it very intimate. Only 6 people performed in the show, displaying an amazing array of acrobatic and circus skills. It was like being transported back to the 1940’s and seeing a Gypsy Circus, and that was what I really loved – no fancy costumes, no amazing set or scenery, just a few guys with incredible flexibility and abilities, lovely music and great dancing. It was visually impressive and very enjoyable. You can get tickets for just £10!!
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As you may know this year in London is the World Shakespeare Festival – a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright. They are currently running 37 plays in 37 languages from actors of all over the world at The Globe theatre in London.
I went to see two plays in Spanish last week. The one on Monday, Henry IV Part 1, was performed by a Mexican company called Compañia Nacional de Teatro. Part 2, was performed on the Wednesday by an Argentinean company called Elkafka Espacio Teatral.
The Mexican company was absolutely brilliant, with three musicians providing almost continuous background music, and seemingly enjoying the show as much as the audience. There were 8 actors in the cast, with most performing multiple parts, who were absolutely brilliant. Falstaff, interpreted by Roberto Soto, was fantastically hilarious. With a careful and clever translation into Mexican Spanish the jokes came across very well.
Then on Wednesday I went to see the Argentinean show which was a huge disappointment. The director opted to create a modern day version of the play. The costumes were horrible and had nothing whatsoever to do with the show, and certainly not suitable for the prestigious Globe theatre. The impression was that they were trying to be cool, and they just weren’t. You can use modern costumes if they are in context but this was not the case, they were just inappropriate. There was no music either which detracted further from the overall effect.
But that was not the worst thing. The actors started confusing the name of the King. The play was called Henry IV and they started referring to him as Harry, Harry the dead King. I couldn’t believe it. The only actor that was more or less ok was Falstaff again, the rest were very poor. I was ashamed for my country, and disappointed, particularly after waiting 8 months for this display.
Overall the festival has been well received, and is a great idea. They have drawn together an eclectic mix of theatre companies from all over the world with Shakespeare’s plays presented in interesting mediums such as sign-language, hip hop rap and native Mauri. I’m sure there were a lot of amazing plays displaying a lot of talent. I feel that, from the two I’ve seen, I saw the best and the worst of what the festival had to offer.
I went to Sadler´s Well Theatre yesterday afternoon to see the ballet. It was the classic Grimm´s brothers story of Snow White, about a Mother and daughter complex.
One of France’s most successful choreographers, Angelin Preljocaj put together an impressive, contemporary setting and choreography. Surprisingly this play is extremely sexual, which I found very interesting because is not necessarily what you expect when you go to see ballet. The spectacular costumes were designed by Jean Paul Gaultier and they were superb. It did help the story a lot and gave the characters more sensuality, supporting the amazing movements and making them more visually powerful.
The Queen was my favourite as there was so much passion in her role. The stag in the middle of the woods came out nude, which was fantastic.
A lot of aerial movement using wires, romance, drama, an impressive scene setting, and accompanied by the sound of extracts from Gustav Mahler´s symphonies, this show is well worth seeing.
I’ve taken my 2yrs-and-8-months old son to see three plays in the Polka Theatre in the last year, all of them were amazing. There aren’t many dedicated children’s theatres in London, and so we feel very lucky to have the Polka Theatre here in Wimbledon.
The first show was called “On/Off” which involved a very simple idea with using light bulbs and switches, just one solo performer and a mix of English and Italian words. My little one loved it.
The second one was “A worm´s story”, about a worm in Egypt, that was absolutely adorable and the scenery was fantastic, the whole idea was to think about archaeology. The kids were invited up on stage at the end of the show to discover hidden trapdoors which contained sand and other ‘lost’ items to play with.
Yesterday we went to see “The Ugly Duckling”, which was lovely. The music was fantastic, and all the kids were laughing and enjoying this amazing play which is aimed at 2 to 5 years old.
These shows sell out quickly so it’s good to book well in advance. I do recommend you take your kids to almost any play they put on at the Polka Theatre, it’s well worth it.
It was the first time that I had ever been to see a Cirque du Soleil show. The company have been through Buenos Aires but as the prices were ridiculous (I mean either you pay rent or you go to the show!) I never could afford it.
Here in London as well its not cheap, but at least it’s possible. If we compare this with the circus that our grandparents used to take us to, with the elephants and the clowns, that was a cheap show, so this is the high class version of the circus. And a very special one.
This year the theme is like a sociological study of the world’s ancient a lot of cultures. The influences came from the earth, trees, animals, aborigines and nature. The music is so carefully chosen as well. I could noticed sounds from America, and eastern Europe, and gypsies and Mayas and Native Americans.
The spectacle is absolutely breathtaking. I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing. Open mouthed I was sitting there, watching how these people pushed their bodies to the limit. I can’t even run a bus, I bear no comparison really, but these people are incredible.
The show has some great lighthearted moments of fun, with modern day clowns, acrobats and singing. You can see here acts and performers from all around the world. I wonder where the directors find them or if they the acts themselves go and knock the door of the “Circus Owner” saying ta-raaaaa, but the important thing is that the acts are so impressive you feel like you’ve been let into a really special world.
The show at the Royal Albert Hall in London has just been extended to 16th Feb, so if you can find tickets, you should go. And enjoy being 9 years old again.
The Flying Karamazov Brother’s show was an unexpected pleasure to watch. Having read mixed reviews about the group, we decided to go anyway and give them a chance. A series of brilliantly choreographed sketches punctuated the show, always fast moving, imaginative, comic and, more than everything, original.
Each of the ‘brothers’ are talented musicians as well, which carries through in the rhythm of their juggling performance. They had children and adults alike gasping with joy and amazement at some of the daring stunts, which included juggling with flaming torches, meat cleavers and chinese food (as donated by the audience).
A sense of fun and wry humor kept the atmosphere light for the entire hour and a half. This was the last show of the London tour, but I certainly recommend seeing them if they are in a town near you.