STOMP Coming to DPAC in 2015

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STOMP Coming to DPAC in 2015

STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Durham premiere at DPAC March 27- 29, 2015. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, 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.

Tickets will go on sale to the public Saturday, September 13 at 10 a.m.. Groups of 10 or more may begin purchasing tickets on August 7, and may do so by e-mailing groups@dpacnc.com or calling 919.281.0587. SunTrust Broadway Season Seat Members will be able to purchase tickets in advance starting August 6.

The performers "make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound," says co- founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created 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.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight 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 - 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. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way... or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or...

The performance schedule for STOMP at DPAC runs as follows:

  • Friday, March 27, 2015 - 8:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:00 PM

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00 PM

  • Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 6:30 PM

STOMP, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, and sell-out engagements, 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. Other honors include, an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud, noteworthy TV appearances including 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.

Critics and audiences have raved: "STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday," says The New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle declares "STOMP has a beat that just won't quit!" The Los Angeles Times exclaims: "Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience." "A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking - a joyous invention!" says the Chicago Tribune.

Tickets are available beginning September 13 by calling (800) 982-2787, (919) 680-2787 or by visiting DPACnc.com.

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