STOMP (photo: Junichi Takahashi)Fun, innovative, explosive, and sophisticated, STOMP brings a troupe of eight nontraditional performers who uses everything and anything to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms in Paramount Theatre. STOMP is all about creating music and rhythm from everyday objects including garbage cans, pipes, basketballs, brooms, lighters, newspapers, and even plastic bags. The show is completely choreographed and each sequence is innovative and exciting.

STOMP (photo: Junichi Takahashi)Fun, innovative, explosive, and sophisticated, STOMP brings a troupe of eight nontraditional performers who uses everything and anything to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms in Paramount Theatre. STOMP is all about creating music and rhythm from everyday objects including garbage cans, pipes, basketballs, brooms, lighters, newspapers, and even plastic bags. The show is completely choreographed and each sequence is innovative and exciting.

Even after 20 years of productions, the show continues to bring phenomenal materials to audience of all ages. It is filled with comedy and great music, in an outstanding set to accommodate everything you could possibly find in a modern metropolis for making sounds. The 90-minutes non-stop blown away spectacular sequence transformed traditional form of dance, music, and theatre art into a seamless and unrivaled performance of its kind. It redefines what percussion performance art is by combining truly unique percussions, movements and visuals together. No lines and no subtexts, everything is left up to the imagination. You can also tell the hours of rehearsals and muscles building that go into preparing the synchronized rhythm.

The cast, made up of highly talented drummers who can make music with plastic bags as well as garbage cans and brooms, is full of energy. Their energy captivates your hearts from inside out. Journeying through sound, the performers celebrate with dance and percussion to create unforgettable scenes: a scene conducts only with Zippo lighters, where performers precisely play with the sounds and illuminations in pitch-dark; moments of showy solo acts, where each member create rhythms from beating their own bodies under bare spotlights; and a spectacular sequence, where drummers hang in the air while they pound away on vertical walls of pots and pans. The entire show is technical, artistic, powerful and perfectly choreographed. It never lagged and the cast was able to continue surprise us with a bag full of new tricks.

STOMP (photo: Junichi Takahashi)STOMP (photo: Junichi Takahashi)STOMP (photo: Junichi Takahashi)

By the end of the show, you will get the chance to learn some tricks as the cast member teaches you. You will also want to pick up a broom and try to create the same effect as the performers from STOMP when you get home.

Complexly blended and brilliantly intertwined, the production gives you all the rhythms and physical comedy you want to be immersed in. It is a total celebration, period. Created and directed by the original creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP runs from November 9-14 at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $32-$47 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).

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