“Fuerza Bruta” Tanks, Closes After a Month at Excalibur

After a month’s run at Excalibur, “Fuerza Bruta” is pulling up stakes and closing.

“Fuerza Bruta,” performed in a tent outside Excalibur, translates as “brute force.”

The show opened March 7, 2019. Its final performance is April 7, 2019. It was slated to run six months. What’s the Spanish word for “awkward.”

Fuerza Bruta

Everyone who’s OK with not having seen this show, raise your hand.

A release announcing the show’s debut, said it “breaks free of the confines of spoken language and theatrical convention to transport audiences to a parallel reality where emotion takes control.”

How many red flags do you need in one sentence?

Oh, and there were no seats.

Yeah, the writing was on the tent.

Ticket sales were abysmal for the show, but to its credit, most of the people we’ve heard from enjoyed it. There just weren’t enough of them.

The show says it “has been seen by more than six million spectators in more than 34 countries and 58 cities since its launch in 2003.”

Those places, obviously, aren’t Las Vegas.

“Fuerza Bruta” will now give it go at MGM Cotai in Macau, where a show based largely upon movement, with no discernible plot, should fare much better. Just look at the Chinese box office numbers for the “Transformers” movies.

Eyes now turn to another circus-style show in a tent, “Celestia,” at The Strat. That show’s debut has been pushed back several times, and while there are deep pockets behind the production, it remains to be seen if “Celestia” can succeed where “Fuerza Bruta” failed.

8 thoughts on ““Fuerza Bruta” Tanks, Closes After a Month at Excalibur

  1. Dean

    Went to this show 2 weeks ago and am sorry to see it close. It was an awesome production and I would have gone at least 3-4 more times during the 6 month run. Now, I have to see if I can make some time to see it again this weekend.

  2. GlennT

    This show looks a lot like the show “De La Guarda” that was at the Rio back in 2000/2001. That show seemed to come and go from the Rio in a short amount of time also. At that show, the audience stood in the middle of a large open room and the performers dangled from cables and bungee cords above the audience the entire show. I remember leaving the show dripping wet because the performers would splash water all over the audience during their performance. It was interesting, but definitely not a show for everybody.

    1. Dean

      It’s actually produced by the same people that did DeLaGuarda and is very similar. These were actually two of my favorite shows I’ve ever seen in Vegas. However, I think something so unique needs time to build an audience and unfortunately neither show was given the opportunity.

  3. EnuffBull

    As much as I LOVE Absinthe, these tent-city productions are just encouraging homelessness. JUST KIDDING!!!

  4. ExVegasLocal

    I was “this close” to buying tickets to see Fuerza Bruta for an upcoming trip. It looked like a really cool show, but I was on the fence because I wasn’t sure I wanted to be jostled in a crowd from one side of the room to the other for an hour. In the end, I decided not to bite.

    No matter what Vegas thinks about itself, it’s not really that forward thinking/avant garde. Neither are its visitors. Hence the constant replication of one thing that works until it’s completely overdone. Another Cirque show/night club with one syllable name/shopping arcade in front of a hotel/pool party/CVS pharmacy anyone? Now that’s more like it.

  5. Sherri

    Saw this. Pretty much hated it. The RJ guy called some of the performers “acrobats.” Nope. People swinging around in harnesses are not acrobats. No ambiance, just a lot of loud music, constant strobe lights and craning your neck. I think most of the people who said they liked it suffer from the-emeroror’s-fine-clothes syndrome.

    1. alex

      That sounds about right. The DeLaGuarda/Fuerza Bruta creators aren’t interesting in creating anything other than a spectacle. When one of their shows was here in South Florida, I was ready go until I heard one of the producers on TV basically saying there’s no meaning behind any of their shows. They are just empty acts signifying nothing.


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