This is one of those events, which you go to with no expectations and leave with an exclamation of ‘wow’.
Siro-A is the ultimate symbiosis between modern technology and highly skilled performers. With total precision, speed, and perfection, six acrobatic performers mime, dance, and jump in synchronized sequences against a dazzling backdrop of lights and fast-paced music.
The interaction of the Japanese group with projected images tells anecdotes without uttering a word. The repertoire is wide-ranging, and the changes of electronically-created costumes are astounding.
The programme includes brief film parodies in which performers mime, with Chaplinesque gestures, to soundtracks from films such as The Full Monty, Mama Mia, Spired-Man, The Exorcist, Skyfall, Singing in The Rain – all these drew laughs from the audience.
Some have described SIRO-A as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group. I haven’t seen Blue Man Group, though I can highly recommend that you see SIRO-A group. It is feisty and very intriguing. Watching the 60 minute performance is like watching a fast-moving clock, sophisticated and precise, with different dials.
Go and see it, if you can.
- Physical Theatre
- Directed by Cocoona
- Produced by Amuse Inc., Japan
- Cast includes: Toshiya, Arai Yohei, Fumiya, Keiji Miya, Daichi Norikane, Kentaro
- Leicester Square Theatre, London
- Until 11 January 2015
- Review by Rivka Jacobson
- 12 November 2014