STOMP, the International Percussion Sensation, Coming to Clarksburg
Clarksburg, WV – It’s time to FEEL THE BEAT! The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County and The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center are proud to present STOMP, the international percussion sensation, as it makes its premiere in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 8:00pm. This event is made possible by the Barbara B. Highland Fund for the Arts.
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.
What is STOMP, you might ask? 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 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.
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, 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), and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
"We are very excited to present the internationally-renowned STOMP at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center through the generosity of the Barbara B. Highland Fund for the Arts,” said Andy Walker, president of The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County. “It has been a challenging year and a half due to the pandemic, and so many have missed live arts events, so it is an honor to once again partner with the RGPAC to bring a world-class performance to Harrison County at a venue that is second to none."
Tickets will go on sale for the public on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 10:00 am EST. Tickets are priced in three tiers and range from $39, $55, and $69 in respect to proximity to the stage. There are two ways to get your tickets. Go online anytime at tickets.therobinsongrand.com or purchase tickets over the phone by calling (855)-773-6283 on Monday through Friday, 10am – 11pm.