Saturday was our last night with our friends visiting from Georgia. We had a great few days with them, showed them lots of NYC highlights, but saved the best for last. We ventured down to Union Square to score tickets for Fuerza Bruta Wayra. Always the deal hunter, I had 4 different discount promo codes saved in my phone, and I was planning to bust them out at the box office to see which ones would work. To my pleasant surprise, just in case, we asked if they had any rush tickets left. Rush tickets go on sale two hours before each show, and are $20 cash each. There’s typically a long line and wait for these coveted twenty tickets and they often run out before everyone in the line gets them. Well, they had some! So five of us went to the best show in NYC for a total of $100. (Tickets are normally $75-$89 each).
Fuerza Bruta Wayra is a CRAZY show. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced and hard to explain. It’s part heart-pounding music, part cirque du solei like performance and part rave like atmosphere topped off with lighting magic. I normally say very little when I recommend this show to friends, however I’m going into a bit of detail here so you can decide if it’s the right show for your family. There are no seats, it’s standing only for 80 minutes, and mostly looking up. You are asked to move throughout the show as the performance happens within all of the space: floor, ceiling and walls. The audience is shuffled side to side in the dark to accommodate the performers. It in insanely loud so take the offered ear plugs for any kids in your group. Put them in your pocket if you don’t think they’ll want them, they may change their minds once the show starts. My boyfriend held our heavy four year old the entire time. We planned on this but it was quite a work out. We also worked hard to keep her feeling comfortable during this overstimulating, sensory experience. Lots of encouraging bouncing to the beats and explaining, as best we could, what she was seeing. She alternated between shrieking ‘this is amazing’ and ‘what’s happening.’ But she was thrilled and in awe the entire time. HUGE smile on her face, and never scared. I do have to warn, there is a lot of opportunity for fear during this show, it’s intense. I was so pleased she handled it so well, and very proud.
Monte and I adore all three of the shows this group has put together, De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta and the latest Fuerza Bruta Wayra. This last one is a combination of the highlights from the first two and it’s the best. The cast interacted with us many times throughout the show. They seemed pleased to see such a young child enjoying herself so much. The finale concludes with rain pouring from the ceiling and we had a dance party with the cast and some of the audience who was willing to get crazy and wet. This part blew our little girl’s mind, she got down, like really got down, showing her best dance moves to the cast. It was so precious. Such an exhilarating night, I can’t wait to go again.
This show is recommended for ages 4 and up. Although my daughter just turned 4, and handled the show just fine, I would probably bump up the age to 6+. It’s extremely loud, gun shot loud at points. We, however, will be bringing her again while she’s still 4. So it’s really a judgement call. Nothing is really worth terrifying your kid over…but taking a small risk if you think they can handle it and showing he or she the best night of their life is beyond awesome.
Since Monte and I are super fans, we knew we’d end up drenched from the dance party in the rain at the end. We packed a change of clothes in a backpack and checked it for $2. Afterwards we changed, crossed Union Square Park to the restaurant Republic, slurped up some noodles then went home beyond satisfied.
I’m smiling as I type out this post. It was such a special night for my family. Thank you Fuerza Bruta!