Dance review: Siro-A
Dance review: Siro-A

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Siro-A, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ There’s undeniable skill underpinning this display of digital trickery by Japanese company Siro-A. And, if the whoops and cheers are anything to go by, there’s clearly an audience for this sort of thing. But I can’t help but think we’re being a …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: Siro-A, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter

★★★

There’s undeniable skill underpinning this display of digital trickery by Japanese company Siro-A. And, if the whoops and cheers are anything to go by, there’s clearly an audience for this sort of thing. But I can’t help but think we’re being a little short-changed.

The basic set-up involves lots of screens of varying sizes, from small hand-held squares to a large backcloth which dominates the stage. Images appear on the screens which the performers then interact with, being hit by fake balls, walking in and out of pretend doors, or dancing the iconic Singing in the Rain routine, while the word “splash” flies across the screen.

It’s a clever enough idea, fast-paced and fun – and perfect for TV shows such as America’s Got Talent (which they did well on), where you only have to come up with three minutes of brilliance.

Over the course of an hour, the trick starts to wear a bit thin, and personally I was longing for Siro-A to use their design talent and dance skills to give us something more profound. And perhaps a little beauty, rather than back-to-back spectacle.

Assembly George Square Theatre (venue 8), until 31 August, 3:45pm.

Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015

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