Dance company plays down set collapse

Organisers of a world- renowned acrobatic dance show set to have its Irish premiere in Limerick, have reassured audiences of its safety after part of a set collapsed on an audience in London.

Dance company plays down set collapse

Fuerzabruta will run in the Old Dell factory in Castletroy, from Mar 13 to 22, as one of the highlights of the National City of Culture programme.

Last weekend, three people suffered minor injuries when a metal sail used as part of the show crashed on top of audience members during a performance at London’s Roundhouse theatre in Camden.

The Argentinian-founded show encourages audience members to walk around underneath performers.

An all-standing show, it is famed for its majestic sets, and contains scenes of mild nudity and violence, and is therefore not recommended for young children.

Speaking at the launch of the Irish premiere, company manager Mariana Melena insisted last week’s accident was a “minor incident” and the first of its kind in the company’s 11-year history.

The show will resume its 100-show run tonight at the Roundhouse, when Sadie Frost will take part in the performance in front of a VIP audience including supermodel Kate Moss.

“We are continuing our run, [in London] we just needed to do all the checks that were needed,” said Ms Melena. “We also called some third-party technicians to check what we had already checked so we are happy and we are running with out any problems...”

City of Culture interim chief Mike Fitzpatrick said feedback will be received on last weekend’s accident.

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