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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Percussion sensation returns to NW Iowa

Tuesday, December 4, 2001

STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its triumphant return to the Orpheum for two performances only, March 12-13.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 1, at 10:30 a.m., and can be purchased by visiting the Sioux City Auditorium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 712-252-3434.

After playing to sell-out crowds for over seven seasons, STOMP continues its phenomenal runs with one North American touring company.

STOMP is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London's Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays. The young performers "make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound," says co-creator/director Luke Cresswell. Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots, and hubcaps to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international phenomenon over the past eight years, with five international touring companies, covering over 200 cities around the world, including appearances at London's Royal Festival Hall, the Acropolis in Athens and engagements in Asia and South America. STOMP performers have been featured in a series of award-winning national commercials for Coca-Cola and Target Stores; recorded music for Quincy Jones' CD "Q's Jook Joint" (for which they received a Grammy nomination); produced a short live action film, Brooms, which was nominated for an Academy Award. STOMP has been featured coast-to-coast in many television appearances, including "The 68th Annual Academy Awards," "The 50th Primetime Emmy Awards," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."