Joyous STOMP engages, entertains Lied audiences with rhythm, movement and giant inner tubes


Jordan Brooks took to the stage at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Thursday night, carrying a small push broom, brushing the floor, then tapping the edge of the brush, creating a snapping and rattling rhythm.

Joined one by one by seven other performers, each with their brooms, the rhythm grew stronger and more complex as they moved, tightly choreographed, circling and crossing the stage as they kicked and swept.

Around 105 minutes later, Brooks was on his own again, sweeping his way off stage to thunderous applause to end another gleeful rendition of STOMP, the performance art ensemble based on the percussion.

STOMP, which has had more than 10,000 performances in its off-Broadway theater, is a little different each time its touring company returns to Lied Center. But it’s still engaging, impressively executed using a myriad of everyday objects, and completely entertaining for audiences of all ages.

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This STOMP ride finds the eight performers “playing” matchboxes, luggage and plastic tubing, bouncing around in giant inner tubes, pounding them with a stick, pounding and throwing cans back and forth, going back and forth with stainless steel shopping carts. crossing the stage, banging together and creating a great rhythmic noise on the trash cans and the metal lids.

The latter is the latest of the cleverly sequenced sets that make up the show, which gets comic relief throughout from Spanish musician/actor/comedian Jose Filgueira, a skinny guy who’s sort of a foil for the muscular Brooks and picks up the weight. of the show’s humor, becoming a crowd favorite.

STOMP is staged impressively, with the performers working on a false floor that amplifies the stomping and beating of brooms and hollow sticks in front of a wall that, halfway through the show, becomes a performance space with most of the actors attached to harnesses to perform. signs, buckets, pieces of metal hung on the upper half or drum on barrels below.

The performers are a mix of drummers and dancers, in training and performing, and there isn’t a slacker – except for Filgueira (that’s his shtick) in the band. And they create and move to dynamic rhythms which, in the case of some instruments, also provide a rudimentary melody.

And most importantly, they engage the audience early and often, either through gestures and expressions or call-and-response with applause, snaps and, appropriately, floor-shaking kicks. next to me.

I’ve seen STOMP every time it’s been to the Lied Center and have always enjoyed it, perhaps never more than Thursday’s performance. And it made me want to use the pens on my desk as chopsticks again to hit the cups and figurines in front of my keyboard.

STOMP will be presented again at the Lied on Friday.

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