Siro-A

The live rhythm action bonanza Siro-A is quite simply multi-layered hyperactivity for the stage. Ramped up generic dance music and a plethora of lights from every direction, translucent sheets, sabres and white squares fill an overwhelming number of set pieces. In one we move from a PG-rated Cabaret Full Monty to a Frozen mockery, encapsulating this uneven marathon of oddities.

A silly scene in which a ball is thrown and becomes a killing machine makes us question what’s happening for real and what’s virtual.

It tries to do everything, as much as possible, in all ways, covering most genres. What results is movement too restrained when it comes to the occasional gymnastic tumble and too flowery for modern dance; precise actions that don’t quite line up (as in the wickedly clever half projections that form a full person) and morsel jokes that almost land (words instead of images of favourite movie scenes; “stupid” muttered at the perfect moment).

So much of this is innovative: Phantomine uses different scales and varying perspective to narrate its own dungeon-crawling 3D adventure. A silly scene in which a ball is thrown and becomes a killing machine makes us question what’s happening for real and what’s virtual. But the former is too scary for younger children and the second overly long.

Siro-A does at least speak a language children understand: frantic Fruit Ninja / Mario mayhem (although references to The Matrix and ET would be indecipherable to some). One feels that most teens are too tech savvy to be amazed by this stuff, and could almost piece a similar routine together on an iPad if they happened to have some serious lighting equipment to hand.

Amuse Inc. is a talented, multi-skilled set of performers, but they can’t bring anything riveting to the table without large-scale troupe acrobatics and more thought about what their spectacle aims to do. Otherwise they might appear more like court jesters than the talented dancers/DJs/techno wizards they can be.

Reviews by Oliver Newson

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The Blurb

Funny, daring and unique, Siro-A explodes the barriers between theatre, dance, technology and music to create a visual sensation on a whole new frequency. Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group. Fun for all the family! 'A mind blowing show' **** (Metro). 'Amusing and visually impressive ... quality family entertainment' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'Mesmerising' ***** (Daily Star).