News: The return of De La Guarda

Monday 20 February 2006

When the Argentine performance group first came to London in 1997 they astounded audiences – and soaked them – in a warehouse in East London with *Villa Villa*.

This year they are back with a new show which promises to be equally stunning. Diqui James, creative director of the show and a co-founder of De La Guarda is looking forward to returning.

“When we came to London for the first time, everyone said, ‘Oh no, don’t take that show to London, everyone is so uptight.’” He laughs. “But it was so different. I don’t know why you have this reputation. In London, we had the best reaction. When you do something new, you need people to watch who are confident in themselves, people who can say, I like this, I’m going to enjoy it. Sometimes audiences scratch their chin. They wait for the reviews. Should I like it? Is it cool? In London, you are confident in your culture — you are always on the edge. There are so many people doing new things that you don’t need validation. In Argentina, people are a little bit aggressive. In London, I think it’s the same. In the show, we have a dance of breaking things. That is very Argentine — ‘I am so happy, I will break all these things.’ I think that is London, too.” Read more in the Sun Times, 19 Feb

Fuerzabruta is at the Roundhouse, NW1, from June 1: www.roundhouse.org.uk or 0870 389 1846 for tickets

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