You can find plenty of reviews that will tell you why you should go see "Fuerza Bruta: Look Up," the latest offering from Argentinian creatives Diqui James and Gaby Kerpel – as it's made its way around the world, reviewers for magazines, newspapers, and websites of every stripe have issued various proclamations of "impressive" "mind-blowing," "jaw-dropping" spectacle. I agree – you should go see it. But in keeping with the artistic vision describing the show - a vision which states that "A surprise is not an effect, it is a constant and necessary state for the effectiveness of the work." - I've decided that rather than telling you why you should see it, and ruining the surprise of an oversized treadmill, a humongous see-through swimming pool filled with scantily clad women, and a roof-raising dance party (I've said too much already) - I'm going to help you out and tell you HOW you should see it.
In order of importance:
- Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in, that you look good in, and that you don't mind being sprayed with a water-hose in – along the same lines, don't bring anything (electronics, purses, books) that you don't want getting wet. Don't wear high heels.
- Get a drink in the dance-club themed lobby (and preferably have a few before you arrive at the theatre). Just make sure you're ready to have a good time.
- Go with as many people as possible – the more people you know in the crowd the more fun you'll have – and the more you can compare experiences afterwards.
- Get as close to the middle of the stage as you can – you'll understand why once the show starts.
- Don't try to find meaning here. The program clearly states that "No one knows the meaning of the work, because it doesn't have one." While that's pretty much a cop-out for not trying to create a clear vision for the show, it's also a relief for you to know in advance. Just enjoy the visuals and don't go all cerebral on me.
- If there are people around you that look boring, move away from them. Seriously, they probably didn't read this review and will be very upset and annoyed when their best "night-out" clothes get sprayed with water and they have to try to maneuver around you and your drunk, dancing friends while also trying to decipher the deeper meaning of the work.
In short, attending "Fuerza Bruta: Look Up" is like going to a really exotic (and expensive) techno club where the music happens to get interrupted by crazy spectacles every night.