NASHVILLE, Tenn. – STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its return to Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 12, with a performance at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and in person at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. Patrons are encouraged to have tickets delivered to the TPAC Concierge App.
STOMP, created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, started as a street performance in the UK in 1991 and grew into an international sensation experienced by more than 24 million people in 50 countries. STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York's Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company and North American and European tours.
A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP creates its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum. The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Cresswell.
Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and close to create a fiery fugue and wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps - to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated. Those unique elements have garnered praise from critics.
The New York Times says, “STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” and the San Francisco Chronicle declares, “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!”
STOMP has won numerous awards including the Olivier Award for Best Choreography, a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience and a Special Citation from Best Plays.
Other honors include an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for the acclaimed HBO special “Stomp Out Loud,” noteworthy TV appearances on “The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony,” “The Academy Awards” (produced by Quincy Jones), “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and a series of award-winning international commercials.
If You Go:
Nov. 12, 2022
TPAC’s Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St.
Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include official health and safety partner, HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health, Amazon and Nissan North America. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.