Dreams become reality in the city of culture
IT was hailed as the jewel in the crown of Limerick's National City of Culture line-up – and the 'Fuerza Bruta' spectacle did not disappoint.
The show, which combines elements of circus, carnival and a rave, and which involves "mind-blowing" visual effects and gravity-defying stunts, premiered at the city's Culture Factory venue last night.
It's described as a 360-degree interactive experience and was showcased in the former Dell warehouse, opened to the public for the first time since the factory closed its doors in 2009, with the loss of thousands of jobs.
'Fuerza Bruta' was the fastest-selling show ever at London's The Roundhouse and has been playing to sold- out houses around the world.
"This is an event where worlds collide, where dreams are real, and reality takes a back seat. Give in to it, let go and enjoy the ride," its promoters said. All 1,100 tickets have been sold for the show tonight, and it's understood that tickets for the remainder of the shows have been selling swiftly.
It will run until March 22; ticket prices are from €20.
Meanwhile, a replacement to head up the first national City of Culture was advert-ised last week.
It follows the resignation in January of former CEO Patricia Ryan, who came under increasing pressure to step down after it emerged her €120,000 position was not advertised.
The board has opted to appoint one person as director, rather than replace both CEO and artistic director. The job spec states applicants must have "in-depth management exper-ience" and awareness of the "local and national creative and cultural environment."