SIRO-A fuses human movement with technology and music. The group comes to the Harris Center March 4 & 5. Courtesy photo

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SIRO-A: The Digital Technodelic Experiment

By From page B1 | February 26, 2014

FOLSOM — The next generation of entertainment from Japan is set to arrive at Harris Center for the Arts as SIRO-A, a six-member strong performance group from Sendai, makes its West Coast debut March 4.

Set against a heavy, pulsing techno beat, the show features intricately choreographed projections, LED suits, lights and lasers. A recent London review reads, “The best way to describe it is like watching a ‘live’ hi-tech pop video — on steroids.”

SIRO (white or colorless in Japanese) means “belong to no group, impossible to define as anybody.” SIRO-A is a revolution in live entertainment, fusing mime, groundbreaking visual effects and a techno soundtrack to create a whole new style of entertainment, a “Technodelic and Visual Show.” This project received support from California Presenters, the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Formed in 2002, SIRO-A is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon. The group made its first public appearances at festivals in Japan in 2005, followed shortly by Japanese TV features. SIRO-A’s biggest live show to date debuted to 30,000 spectators at the Shanghai Expo 2010, where the question came up: “Is that the Japanese answer to Blue Man Group?” In August 2011, SIRO-A was invited to take the stage at Edinburgh’s renowned Fringe Festival and won the prestigious “Spirit of the Fringe” Award. International media exposure quickly followed.

The group’s international success was followed by its first European tour in Germany, Denmark, Austria and France in 2012. In 2013, SIRO-A succeeded in its first long run (three months) at Leicester Square Theatre in London where UK’s Daily Star newspaper enthusiastically gave the show five stars.

So what is it that makes the show so special? SIRO-A is new and varied, innovative and pretty crazy, energetic, cool and extremely entertaining. The beat of its electronic music hits a visceral nerve. Visual effects, grand illusions and perfectly choreographed routines are masterfully woven together to create an utterly new live experience.

A performance that must be seen to be believed, the six strong mysterious SIRO-A cast offer a vibrant, non-verbal performance. It is the ultimate expression of the collaboration between humans, technology and music that people have never seen before — an audio-visual spectacular for all ages!

SIRO-A: The Digital Technodelic Experiment will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on both on Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5. Tickets are $25 to $45 with premium seats available for $55; students with ID  pay $12. Purchase them online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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