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STOMP comes to Vilar Center

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyThe STOMP cast and crew use everything from brooms to trash cans and drumsticks to create their one-of-a-kind sound. The group is performing at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek April 3 and 4.
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Beaver Creek – Renowned as an international percussion sensation, STOMP has taken the world by storm with their unique approach to syncopated theatre. They bring their engaging, one-of-a-kind show to the Vilar Center stage on Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Music, dance, theatre or performance art, none of the above, or all of the above? STOMP dares its audience to answer these questions as it dances its unique, pulsing choreography into the hearts of every person in the audience. Described as “inventive and infectious” by the New York Daily News, “compulsively enjoyable with a deft imagination” by Good Morning America and “a theatrical spectacle” by New York Magazine, the show has become a creative landmark in performance art.

STOMP is a movement of bodies, objects and sounds unlike any other. What makes it so appealing is that the cast uses everyday objects in non-traditional ways to create sound. In a flurry of brooms, trash bins, drumsticks and matches, the cast invents an alternate universe where anything and everything is a prop. STOMP was born on the streets of Brighton, England where creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas were part of a group of street performers, or “buskers.” “Busking,” is a European custom dating back to village fairs in the Middle Ages. From this historical mold, Cresswell and McNicholas created a modern symbiotic marriage between street art, movement and music. As their show progressed, and their impromptu audiences grew larger, they knew they were onto something.

There are no hidden messages in STOMP – no political connotations or pretentious techniques, and no dialogue to misconstrue. Instead, the audience is bombarded by everyday sounds and sights, which come together to create an extraordinary show.The New York Times called it “dazzling! STOMP makes music that is infectiously percussive, it dares you to sit on your hands.” Wrote The Village Voice, “Fabulous, hypnotizing – they vastly expand the vocabulary of rhythm!”

The acclaimed troupe hits the Vilar Center stage for two performances on Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4, both at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and $70 and are available through the Vilar Center Box Office at 845.TIXS (8497) or vilarcenter.org. The Vilar Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.


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