STOMP: A review

I was lucky and won tickets to see STOMP through a contest run by The Twin Cities AV Club (The local arts & entertainment section of The Onion’s Twin Cities edition).

As described by The Ordway, STOMP is…

Explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, and utterly unique, STOMP appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Updates include two new pieces, “Paint Cans” and “Donuts,” plus revisions to the favorite piece “Bins.” “Donuts” implements huge tractor-tire inner tubes worn around the waist on a bungee cord. The San Francisco Chronicle declared “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!”

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.  It was unbelievable to see how hard these performers worked to put on this show.  They all had very muscular bodies and I now realize that it’s a necessity for performing this kind of art.

My favorite performance piece was a kitchen sink routine in which four performers carried kitchen sinks around their necks with water and dishes in the bin.  The sound created was abolustley amazing and entirely indescribable.  You just have to see and hear it to understand.  My second favorite piece involved lighters being turned off and on.  Again, it’s impossible to describe how interesting and impresive the rhythmic turing on and off of lighters can be.

See it!  This show runs through April 3 and tickets are available here.  Sorry, I’m not aware of any discount ticket offerings at this time.