Fuerza Bruta

The City of Culture organisers in Limerick wanted to use the old Dell Factory to stage the show. It was a nod to years past in Limerick and to the part the Dell factory played in the city. Of course, it meant an awful lot of work for a variety of parties to ensure the events could go ahead in what was an old, abandoned industrial premises. 

The show itself originated out of Buenos Aries in 2003 and has traveled the world since. Involving a suspended swimming pool not a foot above the expectant crowd as well as multiple interactive elements, it was a sight to behold for the 15,000 people who got to enjoy it.

Multiple site visits were required over a period of months as the building had remedial and prep work done to it so that we might go ahead with the Fuerza Bruta shows. 

Particular challenges included:

  • Establishing workable egress plans for both normal and emergency conditions.
  • Working with the show producers to ensure all elements were safe and adhered to Irish regulations and guidelines, without compromising the essence of anything in the show.
  • Ensuring the local art installations could safely form part of the run of shows.

Initially there were 13 shows scheduled and, such was the popularity, that an extra 2 were added. 

The run was an immense success.

The Challenge

This ‘venue’ was an old, abandoned factory, which needed a lot of work done to it for us to be able to stage these shows safely. Capacities, ingress & egress plans and more were all done from scratch.

Our Solution

We put in long hours to ensure all elements of this production could proceed. The show incorporated aerial elements & art installations and more too. Safety arrangements had to be subtle yet robust and effective.

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The Result

15,000 people saw the Fueza Bruta performers do their thing across 15 SOLD OUT shows including 2 extra that were added as well as matinee shows. Reviews for both the show itself as well as the venue were superb and the client was happy.

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We put in long hours to ensure all elements of this production could proceed. The show incorporated aerial elements & art installations and more too. Safety arrangements had to be subtle yet robust and effective.

What we did

This production involved elements of the world-famous travelling Fuerza Bruta show as well as art installations sourced from local artists & students etc. 

Some of the art installations represented significant fire risks and, as such, we'd to be creative in ensuring they could be incorporated safely into the venue and overall guest experience. 

We also had to establish emergency egress systems to the satisfaction of the Fire Officers locally. Given the show itself was designed to take place in a pitch black environment, this took some design. 

We provided:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Crowd Consultancy
  • Ingress & Egress Planning
  • Event Management Plan
  • Fire Safety adaptations
  • Event Controller
  • Safety Officer
  • Safety Management Team

15,000 people saw the Fueza Bruta performers do their thing across 15 SOLD OUT shows including 2 extra that were added as well as matinee shows. Reviews for both the show itself as well as the venue were superb and the client was happy.

What we did

We planned and managed what was an amazing performance, which needed a lot of work done locally in order to facilitate the show, as designed. This was partly due to the nature of the show and partly as a result of the chosen venue. 

It all came together as planned and ran smoothly over the run. We liaised with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure things came together. 

With cultural events like these, the political will is always strong to ensure they can happen. This in itself can be challenging but we worked closely with all parties in order to realise the creative vision and do right by those who worked tirelessly to bring this show to Limerick.