Exhilarating, Hilarious, Infectious... words that rightly define STOMP which is a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. This British theatrical sensation was created in Brighton, UK, in the summer of 1991 and soon garnered wide-scale attention. Celebrating its sixth year in London, Stomp is now performing at the Ambassadors Theatre in West End. This inventive show has become an international smash hit performing in every major city around the globe.
Stomp is appealing to the audience of all ages. It is a non-traditional dance troupe comprises of eight performers that use the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theater performance. The term is often referred to a distinct sub-genre of physical theatre where the body is incorporated with other objects as a means of producing percussion and movement that has echoes of tribal dance. The troupe plays with matchboxes, wooden poles, garbage cans and even the kitchen sink to beat out a good rhythm.
Stomp developed from the London Records band The Yes/No People. Since becoming Stomp, the dance troupe has released music and starred in television commercials. Currently it is playing in New York, London's West End, and on North American and European tours. Stomp is created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas who have received an Academy Award nomination for their short film, 'Brooms', 'four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their HBO special Stomp Out Loud.
Luke Cresswell is a self-taught percussionist whereas Steve McNicholas actor,musician and writer. With Steve McNicholas, Luke Cresswell has directed the film links for the 1994 'Billboard Music Awards' as well as three Target commercials in the US. The duo first worked together in 1981, as members of the street band and the theatre group together named as Pookiesnackenburger. Pookiesnackenburger released two albums, a UK TV series and went on an extensive tour of Europe. Meanwhile, the street band also produced the highly acclaimed 'Bins' commercial for Heineken Lager. The commercial was originally written and choreographed by Luke which proved to be the starting point for STOMP's climactic dustbin dance.
STOMP is about a group of people, with very strong distinct personalities, who work together, effectively using simple building blocks to create something complex. The troupe has no words - everyone can understand it. Stomp performs with little or no melody in the traditional sense. So it doesn't matter if your taste in music is jazz, classical, dance or pop, you like surely be taken aback by its rhythm which is common to all cultures.
In 1994, Stomp released a version of the 'Blue Peter' theme which was used on the show between September 1994 and August 1999. More recently the members of the troupe recorded music for the 'Tank Girl' movie and will appear on the upcoming Quincy Jones album 'Q's Jook Joint'. Moreover, Stomp has won an Olivier Award for Best Choreography; an Obie Award; a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays.
At present, there are several Stomp companies playing around the world. Around three companies are working from the UK and three in North America. Each company is characterized distinctly for its own style and feel. The show features as much an expression of eight individuals with very strong personalities as it is a vision of rhythm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Is there any student discount for stomp tickets?
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