Northwest NEWS

January 18, 1999

Entertainment

'Stomp' is sure-fire crowd pleaser

   by Deborah Stone

   Stomp, the international percussion sensation, returns to Seattle for its fourth appearance, playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre, January 15-24.

   The seven-year-old theatrical dance-percussion troupe with its blue-collar roots evolved from the streets of England. It began as a group of eight buskers, or English street performers, put together by longtime friends and artistic collaborators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.

   Stomp soon became an overwhelmingly successful show which continues its phenomenal runs around the U.S. and throughout the world. It has received numerous awards and rave reviews for its unique style of making infectious rhythms out of ordinary objects.

   The eight multi-talented performers delight in their own visual and physical comedy while dueling for attention, as they make a variety of noises using matchboxes, poles, brooms, garbage cans, lighters, newspapers, and their own bodies. The clashing, whisking, clicking, banging, kicking, pounding, snapping, and smashing sounds are electrifying and explosive.

   Audiences are caught up in the syncopated beats, and there is a sense of exhilaration in the air which is contagious. Stomp defies anyone not to play around with making a little noise of their own once they realize that day-to-day, mundane objects can create fascinating sounds. (As this reviewer left the show, she felt compelled to start hitting her playbill against her side, trying to make some sort of interesting rhythm, and when she looked around, she noticed that she was not the only one with itchy fingers!)

   Stomp is a sure-fire crowd pleaser, guaranteed to excite and energize audiences. Call 206-292-ARTS for tickets.