SIRO-A: Assembly Theatre
Techno meets Scottish country dance in fast-moving show
Traditional Scottish country dancers have been swapping moves with Japanese techno performers who have just arrived in Edinburgh.
Katie Moore and Eilidh Burgess of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Edinburgh teamed up with five members of the SIRO-A troupe near the Assembly Theatre where they will be appearing in a fun and fast-moving family show from 6 August.
Tomorrow night they can also be seen on America’s Got Talent, where they have already been winning huge praise, as they compete for a place in the third round. Judges’ comments have included:
The multi award-winning SIRO-A show is a compelling fusion of visual effects, mime, dance, comedy, music, puppetry and positive audience participation.
Katie, a support worker and dance teacher from Edinburgh, said: “It was great swapping moves with the SIRO-A dancers. The two styles are so incredibly different, and we are really looking forward to seeing their full show.”
Eilidh, an Edinburgh nurse with Forward Vision who cares for young adults with visual impairments, added: “It was lots of fun teaching the SIRO-A dancers some Scottish country dancing – what we do is very structured and everything they do is free-flowing and fluid – it’s very impressive indeed. It’s easy to see why they are doing so well on America’s Got Talent.”
After sweeping Japan its first international success was at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 when it won a Spirit of the Fringe award. Since then it has gone on to spectacular success across the UK, Europe and the USA.
Aki Okoma of SIRO-A said: “The guys all love to learn new dance moves wherever they go. They had heard about Scottish country dancing and we’re really excited to have the chance to try it out with the help of some really talented dancers.
“It’s been a great way to start our visit to Edinburgh. So much has happened since we were last at the Fringe. America’s Got Talent has been mind-blowing and now we are looking forward to a magical month in Scotland.
“We’ve got something really special lined up for the Fringe, with amazing dance, techno music and visual effects – the show is much bigger, faster and better than ever.”
Described by critics as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group, SIRO-A has had 300 performances in London’s West End.
The group was formed in 2002 by classmates from Sendai, in Japan, each with their own finely honed set of skills.
Audiences are treated to a visual feast in which the Siro-performers interact with spectacular video projection, light animation, stunning laser effects and a pulsating techno beat. The show crosses all boundaries of language and culture, and is a treat for people of any age.
Reality and animation are blended in a constantly shifting landscape which combines playful humour and astonishing beauty in what they describe as a “virtual hyper-reality”. There is even a fresh interpretation of the ancient Japanese art of shadow puppetry.
Dates: Aug 6 – Aug 31
Performance time: 15:45
Duration: 1 hour
Ticket price: £10 to £14 plus special offers for family and children
Theatre address: Assembly Theatre, George Square, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9LH
Bookings: assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint or Edinburgh Fringe at https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/siro-a
Twitter: @SiroAUK , @SIRO_A_
What the critics say
Mesmerising mix of techno, light engineering, performance, art and futuristic shadow-puppetry – ««««« Daily Star
Tech Wizards work wonders fusing visual physical comedy and technology in a unique way – Evening Standard
A mind-blowing show – «««« Metro
A beautiful, engaging and awe-inspiring show that is so unique it has no equal – Front Row Reviews