Beat This: Globally Acclaimed Percussion Ensemble Stomp To Perform Here In December
Twenty-five years after it first debuted in the UK, globally acclaimed theatrical performance Stomp will be staged in India, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts this December. Even if you’ve never seen a Stomp show live, you’ve probably got a glimpse of what it’s like on TV in the many award shows, ceremonies and commercials the troupe has appeared in over the years. (Or maybe you’ve seen percussionist Taufiq Qureshi’s homegrown Stomp-inspired act Mumbai Stamp.) Combining music, dance and comedy, Stomp features a cast of percussionists-dancers who use everyday objects such as bins, boots, bottles and brooms to create a series of rhythmic sequences while performing physically-demanding routines.
At any given point of time, there are at least five Stomp companies performing across the globe, including those based in the UK and the US. In Mumbai, we’ll get to see the Stomp Global touring company, made up of a cast of members from across the world that frequently changes. The performers playing the India tour are Nigel Clarke and Rhona Ashwood, who are from the cast of Stomp London; Billy Hickling, Emma King, Joe White, Phil Batchelor and Shae Carroll from the UK; Louise Durand from Ireland; Angus Little from Australia, Dominik Schad from Germany and Simon Watts from New Zealand.
Stomp, whose performances here are being presented by theatre producer Ashvin Gidwani’s AGP World in association with Glynis Henderson Productions, will stage five 90-minute shows in the city on Friday, December 9 at 8pm; Saturday, December 10 at 3pm and 8pm and Sunday, December 11 at 3pm and 8pm at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 6622 3737. Get directions here. Tickets priced at Rs750, Rs1,000, Rs1,5000, Rs2,000, Rs2,500, Rs3,000, Rs3,500 and Rs4,500 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.