Today's Groupon reminded me of something else I forgot to post about last week, a show called Fuerza Bruta. It's been playing for a number of years; I found it to feel more like attending a rave than having a typical theater experience.
Set to a soundtrack that spans from thumping club tunes to calm new-world music, Fuerza Bruta: Look Up features eclectic dancing on a unique stage. Performers splish, splash, and trade financial advice on a clear mylar tarp covered in water that dangles inches above the standing audience members' heads. Colorful, flashing lights illuminate the waterlogged body movers, and other scenes feature twirling, harness-held acrobatics and a man bolting through a wall only to discover he should be in the next theater over.
The local Duke Club organized it as an outing because one of the producers is an alumna. I'm glad I went...it got me out and about, and I met some new people. But honestly, it was a bit much for moi on a weeknight -- lots of noise, no clear narrative or point, and we were standing the whole time. I think that was a way of of making it feel interactive, but I just felt annoyed. Regular tickets are $80, and I think we paid $49.
Nevertheless, I'm glad I gave it a shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!