I had the chance to see what is apparently Japan's answer to The Blue Man Group today, and for free too, which meant if it was rubbish I wouldn't regret it too much. Thankfully, it wasn't.
The show starts off a little weird, with a man dressed in a long tube filming the audience and drawing all over them onscreen. But after a few minutes of unease, the music started thumping, and the members of Siro-A all started doing their thing. Music thumps, lights flash and flicker, images and shapes get thrown around all over the place, and in the middle of it all are our four performers, backed up by the video technicians doing their best DJ impressions in the background.
Siro-A is a show that relies heavily on timing. Each segment revolved around a certain theme or object, but all have a distinct soundtrack that corresponds with the lights and images being projected onto the stage (or even from the stage itself). The cast members play a pivotal role, capturing projected images onto objects that they're holding or moving with great precision, or seamlessly interacting with projections of balls and the like. The movements are all perfectly timed and fantastically choreographed, and the short sequences are widely varied, ranging from comedic to full blown psychedelia.
Siro-A is a beautiful show with a ground shaking soundtrack, with a great cast of flawless performers making everything come together. My only complaint is that it only lasts an hour, and that time just flew by. It may be hard to describe it in words, it truly has to be seen to be believed. I'd definitely see it again.
My rating: 5/5