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STOMP, the international percussion sensation, will bring all of its beats to the stage in its Huntington, W.Va., premiere, sponsored by the Marshall Artists Series and Brickstreet Insurance.


This unique performance of movement, visual comedy and percussion will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.


From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 13 years, having performed in more than 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide.


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.


The young performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” said co-creator and director Luke Cresswell. Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything – trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots and hubcaps – to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.


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


Get tickets to this explosive event by calling 304.696.6656 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $60. The show is sponsored by Kendall York Dentistry, the West Virginia Lottery, River Cities Anesthesia, Dr. & Mrs. Stanley Tao, Community Trust Bank, WKEE, WAMX, The Herald-Dispatch, WSAZ and the Marshall University College of Fine Arts.