From London and Paris to Las Vegas and New York ‘STOMP’ makes music with brooms, matchboxes, hands and feet, poles, chairs, sinks, basketballs, newspapers and more, climaxing with the exhilarating trademark bins routine, where metal trashcans become drums and dustbin lids become combat shields. The encore engages the audience in a call and response that proves rhythm is a universal language.
This wildly entertaining international show will land in Cape Town next week. It can be seen on stage at Artscape from Wednesday, September 11, to Sunday, September 15. Tickets are available only from Computicket, the show’s exclusive authorised ticketing agent.
The show toured SA in 2010 to critical acclaim and sold out performances. Almost a decade later ‘STOMP’ will be back in South Africa to share its unique and energetic art form while introducing it to a new generation of theatregoers.
‘STOMP’ finds beauty and music in the mundane. It turns brooms into instruments and handclapping into a conversation; the junk and clutter of urban life becomes the source of infectious rhythm and wonder. The performers take the audience on a journey through sound, where rhythm is the only language. Celebrities who have experienced the show include Jodie Foster, Howard Stern, Denzel Washington, Michael Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Willis.
‘STOMP’ is a unique combination of percussion, dance and physical comedy. Seen by over 12 million people worldwide, there have been long running productions in London – 15 years on the West End, Paris, Las Vegas, Boston and San Francisco. In February this year, the flagship New York show celebrated the 25th anniversary of ‘STOMP’ playing at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, receiving special congratulations messages from cast members, fans and celebrities around the world including Quincy Jones, Harlem Globetrotters, Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Izzard and Tommy Lee.
Created in Brighton, UK, in the summer of 1991, ‘STOMP’ was the result of a ten year collaboration between its creators, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. The popularity of ‘STOMP’ continually grew from strength to strength, resulting in the cast performing live at the 1996 Academy Awards (the Oscars) to an estimated audience of almost 1 billion worldwide. The largest assembly of ‘STOMP’ performers ever (40 performers from 12 different countries) was brought together for a specially choreographed appearance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
There are up to four ‘STOMP’ productions around the globe at any given time. ‘STOMP’ has been touring the globe for 26 years, playing over 20 thousand performances in 55 countries on six continents. In its lifetime ‘STOMP’ has consumed over 60000 boxes of matches, 40000 brooms, 30000 bins, 20000 drumsticks and 35000 litres of black paint applied with 780 paint rollers.
* Visit www.stomp.co.uk for more information.