Theatre review: Brazouka @ New Wimbledon Theatre

Bulging biceps, taut stomachs and a whole lotta Brazilian booty shimmied into Wimbledon this week as Brazouka made its London début.

Fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this dance-drama took its first tentative steps on the London stage, and it didn’t disappoint.

If you’re looking for a complex narrative from your entertainment this may not be your cup of tea, but if you’re looking for a fun feel-good night out that makes you want to get up and dance then this is just the ticket.

Brazouka is based on the true story of Braz dos Santos, a teenager from Bahia who must provide for his family by fishing, but who longs to dance.

Brazouka - Braz dos Santos and partner

Inspired by the dancing used to tease punters at portside brothels, Braz becomes desperate to learn the moves and embrace the increasingly-popular Brazilian dance Lambada.

Despite not being as slick as other established West End productions the raw talent of the performers was a joy to watch.

The endless spins, lifts, jaw-dropping martial arts and fancy football skills was impressive, and paired with remixes from the likes of Daft Punk, Michael Jackson and Rihanna had the audience hooked.

At times the dialogue from Dos Santos was a little difficult to hear due to his heavy Brazilian accent, but considering he’d just performed high-octane dances and was also a little out of breath it was understandable.

The grand finale lived up to its name and was a riot of colour, dancing and twerking that would put Miley Cyrus to shame.

Brazouka will be at The New Wimbledon Theatre until September 20.

For more information, and to buy tickets, click here.

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