Brazilian Fever fails to live up to its hype, which promises “a euphoric Brazilian carnival atmosphere”.
The two dancers are talented and the show has some interesting choreography. The music is wide ranging, from samba to classical, and includes some unexpected numbers like Underwater Love and Two Ladies. This variety enables the dancers to show their versatility but it means that the show lacks continuity and doesn’t really flow. In fact, just as the show is getting up and running there is an interval of nearly 15 minutes. This seems unnecessary in an hour long show and makes the evening feel quite disjointed.
It is unclear whether the show is supposed to have a storyline or whether the dancers are performing a series of unconnected pieces. At points the show becomes more theatrical, and the performers sing or recite poetry. Unfortunately the acoustics are poor so it is difficult to make out the words. Perhaps this would make the storyline clearer.
Another difficulty is that the venue has very restricted viewing unless you are fortunate enough to get a stage-side seat. It seems poorly thoughtout to hold a show billed as “highly visual” in a venue where some of the audience cannot see the stage. The show also claims to be interactive, but this is not evident until the last 5 minutes when the performers try to persuade the audience to join a conga. It is completely unrelated to the previous scene, and comes across as through they have run out of material and need something to spin the show out.
At £10.50 the tickets are not that cheap and Brazilian Fever does not offer value for money. If you are looking for that “carnival atmosphere” then your money would be better spent on one of the many better quality latin dance shows on the Fringe. Give this one a miss!