The show begins with the simple sweep of a broom. A performer, dressed like a janitor, "cleans" the stage with a simple rhythm. He is joined by additional performers, all bearing brooms, and the sweeping sounds build and grow into a throbbing and pulsating rhythm that grows to command the space. The sweeps, beats, bangs, cracks, crashes, shakes, claps and snaps continue for an hour and 45 minutes as the performers blend percussion with dance, stomping out rhythms with everything from a simple book of safety matches to modified garbage-can monster-shoes.
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Each act features similarly non-traditional instruments: one scene with Zippo lighters casts a quiet, hypnotic spell; another uses newspapers to create a hilarious play-within-a-play. And just when you might think that the performers are using everything but the kitchen sink for their merry music-making – out come some kitchen sinks, which the performers bang on with abandon. Stomp’s energy and excitement is contagious and the beat stays with you long after you leave the theater, transforming the city into a grand urban symphony. It might even leave you pondering: Who needs the Philharmonic when you have Stomp?
The cast dresses like hip construction workers: tattered jeans and worn-down tees, scuffed work boots with electrical tape wound around the toes. There is no dialogue, but threads of dance, comedy, and sound are woven together to create a narrative of sorts. Each performer conveys their own personality trait – some cast members are serious, others are playful, but all of them engage and interact with the audience in different ways.