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I’ve never taken hallucinatory drugs but I imagine it would be something like watching Siro-A’s performance, only the Siro-A performance is even better than drugs. That’s an unusual way to open a blog post…
I’m very late to the Siro-A party and am pretty sure 50% of the Japan bloggers I follow have already covered this but better late than never! Siro-A are performing at the Leicester Square Theatre in London until Sunday 13 October. It’s always a sign of how great something is if so many people are talking about it.
I actually have trouble putting this performance into words because it really is all about the visuals. The posters on the tube are hailing the group as ‘Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group’, a group formed in the 1980s combining theatrical performance with experimental music and dramatic visual effects. Siro-A take this idea to a new level using projected images that constantly move in response to their own movements. However, this description doesn’t do them justice, so I’ll let this video do the talking:
The performance really has everything from electro music, insane visual effects and dance. The Japanese group of six has performed in Tokyo, Shanghai Expo, TedX and have won the Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh festival. Daiki, Arai Toshiya, Abe Toshinori, Yohei, Iwai Hiroyuki and Sato Ryosuke have wowed audiences all over the world and there really is nothing else quite like them.
Siro-A’s one hour show is a mixture of mind-blowing dance sequences, comedy acts and audience participation. A British audience probably won’t expect a camera to be tuned on them or for their own faces to be suddenly used in the show. Be warned, you might get chosen! As a semi-regular theatre goer, the actors really broke the fourth wall and did something completely different. The younger audience members loved it but I think it was a bit of a shock to some of the more serious older members. In my opinion, the amazing techno dance sequences were my favourite part of the show but each act is completely different. There are both group and solo performances, so you get to see each member’s individual talent.
My friend and I absolutely loved Siro-A and I’m actually going to go again with my sister (and possibly even mum!) because it really is a unique show.
You can buy your tickets for the show here and, great news, they’re very affordable! A fantastic way to spend the day or evening – there are plenty of performances! You can also get the DVD from the gift shop afterwards, which is a must. I cannot recommend going enough, even if it means making a special trip to London!